Have you heard about the awesomness that is Fish in a Tree? It is like this year’s Wonder… Now, when I say that, this book in no way shape or form replaces Wonder (which I will love and teach forever and ever Amen)… but what I AM saying is, that all upper grade teachers everywhere should checkout this book because everyone is talking about.
Not to give too much away… but Fish in a Tree is a realistic fiction novel written by Lynda Mullaly Hunt that shares the incredible story of Ally. Ally is a girl who has moved from school to school, her dad is serving in the Army and she goes to bed every Sunday dreading the Rubik’s Cube that is school. School does not come easy to her, she often disappears into “mind movies” where she escapes her insecurities in funny ways. She find friendship in two amazing classmates but also in the beloved and inspiring Mr. Daniels, who is her long term sub. He takes time and interest in Ally, which makes all the difference in the world. Throw in beautiful symbolism, analogies for days and themes gallore. This.Book.Is.Awesome… and that is why it is one of the books chosen for the 2015 Global Read Aloud. If you haven’t heard about GRA get the 411 here. Basically, you commit to reading one of the nominated books during October 5th through November 14th. There are chapter breakdowns to follow as well as collaborative Google/Twitter/Edmodo groups to connect with along the way. It is a powerful way to connect with educators who are passionate about reading and literacy across the globe. When I saw that Fish in a Tree was one of the GRA 2015 selections I couldn’t wait to read it. And when I read it I saw it a perfect fit for my classroom. I too made a mind movie, imagining the rich dialogue that would take place. Because the book is 51 chapters, I knew that I wanted to track my student’s along the way, so I created a Novel Guide to help me do so.
I loved this book so much, and I am so excited to read it with my class for Global Read Aloud, but I needed to create some resources for them to analyze, deconstruct and interpret the richness of this novel and I hope it helps your class too. I am going to give one of these away, so leave a comment about what book you love to read aloud to your class and I will select a random winner tomorrow!