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Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Autor/a de Fish in a Tree

4 obres 3,636 Membres 205 Ressenyes

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Obres de Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Fish in a Tree (2015) 2,402 exemplars
One for the Murphys (2012) 958 exemplars
Shouting at the Rain (2019) 274 exemplars
Out of Order 2 exemplars


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Data de naixement
20th century
Llocs de residència
Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA



Representation: N/A?
Trigger warnings: Disappearance of a mother, death of a father, bullying, physical injury, blood depiction
Score: Seven points out of ten.
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Oh dear, Goodreads didn't save my review when I finished writing it. I'll rewrite it when I have time.
I wanted to read this book for a while and then not long after I finally picked this up from one of the two libraries I go to, and this won a Western Australian Young Readers Book Award two years ago and honestly? This deserves it, it was well executed but unfortunately as far as I know this is the only book they have from this author so I don't know whether her other books will be good or not. They might be. They might not. It starts with the main character Delsie McHill or Delsie for short and she after losing her parents and her friend abandoning her (for reasons I'll get to later) she moves to Cape Cod to live with her grandmother for most of the story. She soon starts a new relationship with another major character called Ronan (who has issues of his own) and here's the thing: some aspects of this book like fishing, moving and grief felt so familiar to me, it's like the author borrowed them from other books like Ebb and Flow by Heather Smith, Swim That Rock by John Rocco and Jay Primiano and even The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin and The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga. I felt major déjà vu from that. Now that I said that there's nothing much to say other than Delsie's father died, her mother left but at least the ending was a high note.… (més)
Law_Books600 | Hi ha 14 ressenyes més | Nov 3, 2023 |
Ally Nickerson has been in 7 schools during the last 7 years. She has learned many survival skills to cover up the fact that she can not read or write like her peers. Her current teacher (who Ally is sure does not like her at all) goes on maternity leave and the substitute teacher gets to know Ally. He is able to find those things that Ally is really good at (math!) Ally also fiends a group of friends, who are often referred to as the misfits, but they form a solid friend group.
KimAMoore | Hi ha 149 ressenyes més | Jul 16, 2023 |
Hunt draws a portrait of dyslexia and getting along.

Ally Nickerson, who’s passed through seven schools in seven years, maintains a Sketchbook of Impossible Things. A snowman in a furnace factory is more plausible than imagining herself doing something right—like reading. She doesn't know why, but letters dance and give her headaches. Her acting out to disguise her difficulty causes headaches for her teachers, who, oddly, never consider dyslexia, even though each notices signs like inconsistent spellings of the same word. Ally's confusion is poignant when misunderstandings like an unintentional sympathy card for a pregnant teacher make her good intentions backfire, and readers will sympathize as she copes with the class "mean girls." When a creative new teacher, Mr. Daniels, steps in, the plot turns more uplifting but also metaphor-heavy; a coin with a valuable flaw, cupcakes with hidden letters, mystery boxes and references to the Island of Misfit Toys somewhat belabor the messages that things aren't always what they seem and everyone is smart in their own ways. Despite emphasis on "thinking outside the box," characters are occasionally stereotypical—a snob, a brainiac, an unorthodox teacher—but 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 (2012) will appreciate this feel-good story of friendship and unconventional smarts. (Fiction. 10-12)

-Kirkus Review
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CDJLibrary | Hi ha 149 ressenyes més | Jun 10, 2023 |
Love the theme of family. You don’t get to pick your family, but you do learn to love them.

Another realistic fiction book that deals with the concept of change. Kids will learn that everyone goes through changes in their life, some tougher than others.

The theme of weathering the storm is perfect for this book since it involves dealing with a tricky tough time hence the name storm

Deals with the theme of mixed emotions and many situations going on at once

Best for being on a list of books that help children deals with emotions and changes… (més)
rfunaro25 | Hi ha 14 ressenyes més | Mar 31, 2023 |



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