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Fish in a Tree: Introduction
Fish in a Tree: Plot Summary
Fish in a Tree: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Fish in a Tree: Themes
Fish in a Tree: Quotes
Fish in a Tree: Characters
Fish in a Tree: Symbols
Fish in a Tree: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Historical Context of Fish in a Tree
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- Full Title: Fish in a Tree
- When Written: 2012-2014
- When Published: 2015
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Bildungsroman, Issue novel
- Setting: A small town in the northeastern U.S., mid-2010s
- Climax: Ally wins the election for class president
- Antagonist: Shay, Dyslexia
- Point of View: First person, narrated by Ally
Extra Credit for Fish in a Tree
Different Languages. People with dyslexia tend to have a more difficult time if they speak English or French, as the languages are considered orthographically complex—that is, the relationships between letters and sounds aren't always predictable. Italian and Spanish pose fewer problems, while logographic languages like Chinese are extremely difficult given that they use symbols to signify whole words. People who speak languages that aren't written don't experience dyslexia at all!
Backwards. Despite the common belief that dyslexics see letters backwards, this isn't true; many kids first learning to write will write letters backwards, whether dyslexic or not. This belief possibly arose from what's called the "recency effect," in which a dyslexic reader will say a word using the most recent sound first (for example, saying "pal" instead of "lap").