The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives listeners an emotionally-charged, uplifting vel that will speak to anyone who s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn t fit in. Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid. Ally has been smart eugh to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns t to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is thing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there s a lot more to her and to everyone than a label, and that great minds don t always think alike.
Lynda Mullaly Hunt (www.lyndamullalyhunt.com) has received many honors for her debut novel, One for the Murphys, which is on over twenty state award lists, including Bank Street s 2013 Best Books of the Year. She s a former teacher, and holds writers retreats for the Society of Children s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, impetuous beagle, and beagle-loathing cat.