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Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt Narrator: Kathleen McInerney Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781101890684
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The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives listeners 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.


“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 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Unforgettable and uplifting…Deals with the hardships of middle school in a funny, yet realistic and thoughtful manner…This novel is a must-have.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Filled with a delightful range of quirky characters and told with heart…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)

  • “Ally’s feeling of loneliness and desire to fit in will resonate with young teen readers, as many share those feelings without the difficulty of dyslexia…A tribute to teachers who go the extra mile to reach every student.”


  • “Entertaining dialogue…Ally’s descriptions of her ‘mind movies’ are creative and witty…The treatment of a group of sixth-graders with various quirks who face down their bullies extends the book’s interest beyond the immediate focus on dyslexia.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “Kathleen McInerney’s energetic narration…balances the heartfelt emotions about struggle and friendship with a distinctive portrayal of every character, adding depth to the story. She voices Ally’s discomfort in a way that seems painful, but she also projects Ally’s strength when she stands up to a teacher who shows prejudice towards her friend Keisha. The other main characters are well defined—Keisha comes through clearly, and the robotic-sounding voice of Albert seems apt for his brilliance. Secondary characters are also clear, especially the kind Mr. Daniels and a menacing bully.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

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About the Author

Lynda Mullaly Hunt grew up in Connecticut and received two degrees in education from the University of Connecticut. She left teaching after the birth of her daughter and began writing after her son was born.

About the Narrator

Kathleen McInerney won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2011 and was a finalist for the Audie in 2010 and 2015. Her narrations have also earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has performed in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and a broad range of animation voice-overs.