Fish in a Tree is a brilliant book. It is written from the point of view of the main character Ally Nickerson – a troubled girl the teachers say has a bad sense of humour. She is also always in trouble, but is there more to her story?
Does she want attention or is she really having trouble but too embarrassed to ask for help? But when she gets a new teacher called Mr Daniels, who seems to understand her, anything can happen. She hangs out with a girl called Keisha and a boy called Albert, but she can’t bring herself to telling them the truth, because who else in 6th class has trouble reading and writing?
Through the year she has to fight through bullying classmates, unkind thoughts, moving writing and much more. She thinks she is unique … in a bad way, but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life thinking it is stupid.
Reviewed by Shauna McNamara, 6th class, Midleton Educate Together NS, Co. Cork