Fish In a Tree – Staff Review – Corinna

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Fish in a tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Available on the cloud library in e-book and audio book.


Daughter of a military father, sixth grader Ally has moved around alot. She is in a new town almost every year and without any consistency in her education no one has yet to pick up on her struggle to read. Enter new teacher Mr. Daniels who begins to notice Ally, seeing something her others had missed. Through her sixth grade journey, with the help of an understanding teacher and some new ‘misfit’ friends, Ally begins to feel more confident and better about herself. I listened to the audio version of this book and I wish I had read it, I found the narrator’s voice to be whiny and irritating, It also seemed to be somewhat predictable, with all the usual school cliques accounted for. But if you are missing school, and your favorite teacher, this book may take you back there.

Two and a half stars.

The Eleventh Trade – Staff Review – Corinna

The Eleventh Trade by Alyssa Hollingsworth

2019-2020 maine student book award list, available in book format on the cloud library.

The Eleventh Trade takes place in Boston Massachusetts where twelve year old Sam is living with his grandfather, after immigrating from Afghanistan. While in Sam’s possession, the instrument Sam’s grandfather uses to make a living is stolen. And thus the quest to find the rebab begins. As we follow Sam’s search for the instrument, he also begins to find friendship also the way. And in pieces we begin to learn what had happened to Sam and his family, and his journey to America.I decided to read this book to familiarise myself with as many of the maine student book awards I I could. I found that the book started off a little slow for me, but as Sam’s journey continued, I became more and more invested to see if Sam was able to get his grandfather’s rebab back, and to learn about their journey to Boston. Spoiler alert: I would suggest finishing this book with a box of tissues at hand. But in the good way, I think we all could use a happy ending right now. 

5  stars