"Fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder will appreciate this feel-good story of friendship and unconventional smarts.” —Kirkus Reviews
Ally has been smart enough 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 not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing 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.
The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in. This paperback edition includes The Sketchbook of Impossible Things and discussion questions.
A New York Times Bestseller!
* “Unforgettable and uplifting.”—School Library Connection, starred review
* "Offering hope to those who struggle academically and demonstrating that a disability does not equal stupidity, this is as unique as its heroine.”—Booklist, starred review
* “Mullaly Hunt again paints a nuanced portrayal of a sensitive, smart girl struggling with circumstances beyond her control." —School Library Journal, starred review
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.13(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.82(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 14 Years|
About the Author
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.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 In Trouble Again 1
Chapter 2 Yellow Card 6
Chapter 3 Never up to Me 11
Chapter 4 Bird in a Cage 16
Chapter 5 Silver Dollars and Wooden Nickels 24
Chapter 6 Triple-Sided Coin 30
Chapter 7 No Grandpas Here 35
Chapter 8 Real Trouble 39
Chapter 9 Bag Full of Nothing 43
Chapter 10 Promises, Promises… 53
Chapter 11 Scrambled Egg 58
Chapter 12 What's Your Problem, Albert? 64
Chapter 13 Trouble with Flowers 70
Chapter 14 Boxed in and Boxed Out 75
Chapter 15 Ungreased Gears 82
Chapter 16 What I've Got 88
Chapter 17 Misfit Lunch 91
Chapter 18 Truths and Untruths 96
Chapter 19 Not-So-Sweet Secret 101
Chapter 20 Is This a Good Thing? 108
Chapter 21 Butterfly Wishes 114
Chapter 22 No Way to Treat a Queen 119
Chapter 23 Words That Breathe 122
Chapter 24 Imaginary Hero 126
Chapter 25 Celebration or Devastation? 133
Chapter 26 Stalling 137
Chapter 27 Half-Baked Afternoon 141
Chapter 28 Deal of a Lifetime 145
Chapter 29 Fish in a Tree 150
Chapter 30 Miserable King 160
Chapter 31 Lots of Ways Home 164
Chapter 32 Screen Time 168
Chapter 33 Possibilities 174
Chapter 34 Birth of a Star 178
Chapter 35 A Picture is Worth a Gazillion Words 185
Chapter 36 In the Game of Life… 190
Chapter 37 A Chicken, a Wolf, and a Problem 193
Chapter 38 Loser for President 198
Chapter 39 To-Shay 202
Chapter 40 Tears of Different Kinds 209
Chapter 41 Not-So-Secret Letter 211
Chapter 42 The Gifts of No Excuses, Scotch Tape, and Antibiotics 217
Chapter 43 Set the World on Fire 223
Chapter 44 Tales of a Sixth Grade Something 225
Chapter 45 My Brother's Question 228
Chapter 46 Flying Tigers and Baby Elephants 232
Chapter 47 Great Minds Don't Think Alike 236
Chapter 48 Oliver's idea of Lucky 244
Chapter 49 I See the Light 250
Chapter 50 A Hero's Job 253
Chapter 51 C-O-U-R-A-GEnius 260
Letter from the Author 273
Discussion Questions 275
The Sketchbook of Impossible Things 277