Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt
No, this book was not written by a teacher. However, this realistic fiction is based on the true experience of the author. Her personal reading difficulty as well as a wonderful teacher is the basis of this book. Ally's daily pain and headaches due to her learning differences really come to life. She has always felt dumb because of bullying and being different. She actually is very smart. She sees the smartness in other people. Her father is deployed in the Middle East, but that is just one of her problems. This contemporary book is not just about reading difficulties or bullying. It's about being the best you can be and growing in character. (Shh- she becomes class president)
I was humbled to be able to read this book. You can sense what a struggling reader is going through. This is one of those books that has a wide range of audience. The boys and girls in this book are so real that you might wish they would be at your school. Isn't it amazing how one person can make a difference. Isn't it interesting how small changes can make a big difference.
* 2017 Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee*