Skip to Main Content (Press Enter) Toggle side nav

Fish in a Tree

Best Seller
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Hardcover $17.99
Feb 05, 2015 | ISBN 9780399162596

Also available from:

See All Formats (5) +
  • Mar 28, 2017 | ISBN 9780142426425 | Middle Grade (10 and up)

    Also available from:

    *This format is not eligible to earn points towards the Reader Rewards program
  • Feb 05, 2015 | ISBN 9780399162596 | Middle Grade (10 and up)

    Also available from:

  • Feb 05, 2015 | ISBN 9781101601327 | Middle Grade (10 and up)

    Available from:

  • CD $19.99

    Jan 03, 2017 | ISBN 9781524774950 | Middle Grade (10 and up)

    360 Minutes

    Also available from:

  • CD $35.00

    Feb 10, 2015 | ISBN 9781101890677 | Middle Grade (10 and up)

    360 Minutes

    Also available from:

  • Feb 05, 2015 | ISBN 9781101890684 | Middle Grade (10 and up)

    345 Minutes

    Available from:

Buy the Audiobook Download:

Listen to a sample from Fish in a Tree

Product Details


* “Unforgettable and uplifting. . . . Deals with the hardships of middle school in a funny, yet realistic and thoughtful manner. Ally has a great voice, she is an unforgettable, plucky protagonist that the reader roots for from page one. This novel is a must-have.”School Library Connection, starred review

* “Filled with a delightful range of quirky characters and told with heart, the story also explores themes of family, friendship, and courage in its many forms. . . . It has something to offer for a wide-ranging audience. . . . Offering hope to those who struggle academically and demonstrating that a disability does not equal stupidity, this is as unique as its heroine.”Booklist, starred review 

* “Mullaly Hunt again paints a nuanced portrayal of a sensitive, smart girl struggling with circumstances beyond her control. . . . Ally’s raw pain and depression are vividly rendered, while the diverse supporting cast feels fully developed. . . . Mr. Daniels is an inspirational educator whose warmth radiates off the page. Best of all, Mullaly Hunt eschews the unrealistic feel-good ending for one with hard work and small changes. Ally’s journey is heartwarming but refreshingly devoid of schmaltz.”School Library Journal, starred review 

“[Hunt’s] depiction of Ally’s learning struggles is relatable, and Ally’s growth and relationships feel organic and real.”Publishers Weekly

“Poignant. . . . Emphasis on ‘thinking outside the box’ . . . Ally’s new friendships are satisfying, as are the recognition of her dyslexia and her renewed determination to read. Fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder will appreciate this feel-good story of friendship and unconventional smarts.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Reminiscent of Polacco’s wonderful Thank You, Mr. Falker. . . . Ally’s feeling of loneliness and desire to fit in will resonate with young teen readers, as many share those feelings without the difficulty of dyslexia. . . . A tribute to teachers who go the extra mile to reach every student. . . . A touching story with an important message.”Voice of Youth Advocates
“Entertaining dialogue . . . Ally’s descriptions of her ‘mind movies’ are creative and witty. . . . The treatment of a group of sixth-graders with various quirks who face down their bullies extends the book’s interest beyond the immediate focus on dyslexia.”The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Readers will . . . cheer for this likable girl.”
The Horn Book


Schneider Family Book Award AWARD 2016

Be the first to know!
More from Lynda Mullaly Hunt and book picks sent right to your inbox
More from Lynda Mullaly Hunt and book picks sent right to your inbox
By clicking SIGN UP, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to Penguin Random House’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.
Something awesome is on its way.
Back to Top