Fish in a Tree


Lynda Mullaly Hunt

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Friendship Bracelets

Ally enviously notes at the beginning of the novel that Shay and all of Shay's friends wear colorful friendship bracelets that Shay made. At this point, Ally sees the bracelets as being indicative of genuine…

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Coins (mostly nickels) serve several symbolic purposes. Ally first sees coins as a straightforward symbol for Grandpa and Dad, who introduced her and Travis to coin collecting when they were very young. Collecting coins…

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Sketchbook of Impossible Things

At the beginning of the novel, Ally draws all of her mind movies in her Sketchbook of Impossible Things. She often does this to avoid having to do her difficult classwork, which turns the Sketchbook…

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