Como pez en el árbol : Una novela sobre la dislexia

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      Una historia emotiva e inspiradora que llegará a todos aquellos que alguna vez han sentido que no encajaban. «Todos somos genios. Pero si juzgas a un pez por su habilidad paratrepar a los árboles, pasará toda su vida sintiéndose un estúpido.»Albert Einstein, disléxico Ally es una maestra en el arte del engaño. Cada vez que llega a un nuevo colegio, esconde su incapacidad de leer creando inteligentes pero extrañas distracciones a su alrededor. Tiene miedo de pedir ayuda. Y, además, ¿es que alguien puede curar la estupidez? Pero su nuevo profesor ha visto el brillo y la creatividad oculta tras su aire problemático. Con su ayuda, Ally aprenderá que la dislexia no es algo de lo que avergonzarse, mientras se abre ante ella un mundo lleno de posibilidades. Porque cada uno de nosotros llevamos un océano dentro, y las grandes mentes no suelen pensar como lo hacen los demás. La crítica ha dicho...«Conmovedora... Con el énfasis en'pensar de forma diferente'. Los fans de R.J. Palacio apreciarán esta historia que ensalza el valor de la amistad y de la inteligencia no convencionales.»Kirkus Reviews «Una historia llena de personajes únicos dibujados con el corazón. Una novela sobre la dislexia, algo tan único como su heroína.»Booklist «Los lectores... adorarán a esta maravillosa protagonista.»The Horn Book
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Booklist Reviews 2014 December #2

*Starred Review* Ally doesn't fit in. She draws beautifully and can create movies in her mind, but she is often bullied and hides the fact that she cannot read. Now in her seventh school, she plans to pull the wool over the eyes of her sixth-grade teacher, as she has done with many other teachers in the past. But Mr. Daniels is different. He believes in Ally, insisting she is smart, and it's almost enough to make her want to try his different way of learning. Could she actually, possibly learn to read? Filled with a delightful range of quirky characters and told with tons of heart, the story also explores themes of family, friendship, and courage in its many forms. And while a girl with dyslexia may be the center of the book, it has something to offer for a wide-ranging audience, making this an excellent class read-aloud. A hopeful and meaningful choice for those who struggle academically, this is as unique as its heroine. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Fall

When her teacher goes on maternity leave, sixth grader Ally humiliates herself by giving Mrs. Hall a sympathy card. No one had discovered--until now--that Ally cannot read. When substitute teacher Mr. Daniels arrives, things begin to change. Well-developed secondary characters (mean girls, a new BFF who sticks up for herself and others, the heroic teacher) add richness to the story and help Ally grow.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2015 #2

Ally Nickerson may be well spoken and have a great sense of humor, but something is not right. Why is this sixth grader spending so much time in the principal's office? Why is she doing such impulsive and destructive things? Why do the mean girls, Shay and Jessica, continually torment her? It's not just that she is a new girl in school, though attending seven schools in seven years has taken its toll. There is something else. When her teacher goes on maternity leave, Ally humiliates herself by giving Mrs. Hall a sympathy card rather than the expected baby card. She is not trying to be cruel; she simply cannot read, and for some reason, no one has discovered this until now. When substitute teacher Mr. Daniels arrives, with his new instructional techniques and his love for his "Fantasticos" (i.e., students), Ally knows things are going to change. This has all the required parts of a school story: the mean girls, the quirky but lovable boys, the new BFF who sticks up for herself and others, and the heroic teacher. These secondary characters add richness to the story and help Ally, who is telling her own tale in the first person, to grow as a learner and person. While the resolution to Ally's struggles with reading and social acceptance happens too quickly, readers will nevertheless cheer for this likable girl. robin smit Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

PW Reviews 2014 December #1

Sixth-grader Ally Nickerson has been to seven schools in seven years, and the same thing happens at each one: she spends more time in the principal's office than in class. The pattern is repeating at Ally's current school until a long-term substitute teacher, Mr. Daniels, discovers that Ally is acting out to hide the fact that she can't read. Ally is deeply ashamed and has bought into what others have told her—that she's dumb and worthless—but Mr. Daniels helps her understand that she has dyslexia and see her talents and intelligence. As Ally's fragile confidence grows, she connects with two other classroom outsiders, Albert and Keisha. Hunt (One for the Murphys) leans heavily on familiar types (a two-dimensional mean-girl and her sycophantic best friend, a teacher with unconventional methods) and a surfeit of relevant metaphors (coins valuable because of their flaws, former planet Pluto—"Too small. Too far away. Orbit not just right"—and so on). Nevertheless, her depiction of Ally's learning struggles is relatable, and Ally's growth and relationships feel organic and real. Ages 10–up. Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Feb.)

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