Article Title

Fish in a Tree


Taylor Harris


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, learning differences, dyslexia, teaching, kindness, bullying, smart

Document Type

Book Review


Ally has lived her whole life thinking she is dumb. She can’t read or write, but nobody knows. And frankly, nobody seems to care. That is until Mr. Daniels. Mr. Daniels is different from any teacher she’s ever had. He genuinely cares about his students and makes a special effort to help those who are struggling, without ever making a scene about it. With his help, she is diagnosed with dyslexia and he starts helping her learn to read after school. The safe environment he creates in the classroom, as well as the support he offers, helps Ally realize that she is not in fact dumb, but that her whole life, she’d been a fish, that everybody had been trying to make climb a tree.