Stanley Will Probably Be Fine

Stanley Will Probably Be Fine

This novel features comic trivia, a safety superhero, and a super-cool scavenger hunt all over downtown San Diego, as our young hero Stanley Fortinbras grapples with his anxiety—and learns what, exactly, it means to be brave.Nobody knows comics trivia like Stanley knows comics trivia.It’s what he takes comfort in when the world around him gets to be too much. And after he...

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Title:Stanley Will Probably Be Fine
Author:Sally J. Pla
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Edition Language:English

Stanley Will Probably Be Fine Reviews

  • Karina

    Such a fantastic book! I loved Stanley and his journey to participate in a comics trivia contest in spite of his anxiety. A beautiful story about overcoming one's fears.

  • Patricia Murphy

    Great story of overcoming your fears! Book passed on to me from fellow #booktrek friend. Funny and entertaining story with interesting characters. A realistic Stanley has a sensory disorder and struggles with anxiety. Good to have a book with such a character for kids to see the thought process of an anxious kid. Teamwork and kids on a comic book Quest make for an entertaining read. Stanley learning to be brave, take a chance and get help from his super hero John Lockdown!! Extra Special for tho

    Great story of overcoming your fears! Book passed on to me from fellow #booktrek friend. Funny and entertaining story with interesting characters. A realistic Stanley has a sensory disorder and struggles with anxiety. Good to have a book with such a character for kids to see the thought process of an anxious kid. Teamwork and kids on a comic book Quest make for an entertaining read. Stanley learning to be brave, take a chance and get help from his super hero John Lockdown!! Extra Special for those comic book lovers. An enjoyable read.

  • Wendy MacKnight

    I loved this book so much! Stanley has a lot to deal with: an absent father, a harried mother, an increasingly distant friend, and a difficult time coping with the world around him. But when a contest suddenly provides super comic fan Stanley with the opportunity to prove his mettle, can he push down his anxiety to win? Perhaps, especially with the help of the new girl next door. This book is going to be loved by kids who struggle. Stanley is a hero for the ages.

  • Stephanie Elliot

    Charming, sensitive and sweet, just how Sally J. Pla does her books! :)

  • McCall Hoyle

    I'm buying this one for my classroom. :)

  • Janice

    The author of the award-winning "Someday Birds" gives us an endearing hero in Stanley Fortinbras, an anxious kid who creates a super-hero alter ego to help him get through life. There have always been kids like Stanley, but sadly, recent tragedies drive home the fact that today's children live in unusually anxiety-producing times. Every kid (and parent) can appreciate and learn from Stanley's resourcefulness ... and enjoy the warmth and gentle humor of Pla's exceptional storytelling.

  • Patrick

    Not a comic book fan, but this story worked for me and worked well. Stanley doesn't fit in and has a sensory disorder. Liberty is the next door neighbor with a secret. They team up for a quest involving comic book trivia! So different from her first book, but just as good.

  • Sarah

    Read an E-ARC provided by Edelweiss

    Middle grade readers will identify with Stanley's anxieties, family situation, and friendship issues and then cheer him on as he ventures out to compete in a quest in the city.

  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

    Stanley lives with his obnxious older brother, harried real estate/account mother, and elderly grandfather who suffers from Parkinson's in California. He attends middle school, but it's becoming increasingly difficult for him to get through the day. His father is doing humanitarian work in Africa, and the boys miss him and his influence terribly. His best friend, Joon, keeps telling him to "be normal", and is hanging around with Dylan more than Stanley would like him to.

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

    Stanley lives with his obnxious older brother, harried real estate/account mother, and elderly grandfather who suffers from Parkinson's in California. He attends middle school, but it's becoming increasingly difficult for him to get through the day. His father is doing humanitarian work in Africa, and the boys miss him and his influence terribly. His best friend, Joon, keeps telling him to "be normal", and is hanging around with Dylan more than Stanley would like him to. The principal has frequent disaster assemblies to acquaint students with emergency procedures, but due to Stanley's sensory processing disorder, he finds the commotion and stress overwhelming. After one melt down, he finds himself in the nurse's office, and his mother finally tells the school about his condition. He is shown a room where he can go to decompress if necessary, which is very helpful. In the meantime, he and Joon are making plans to do a puzzle quest in order to earn VIP tickets to the local Comic Con. When Joon decides he would rather do this with Dylan, Stanley gets roped into participating with mysterious new neighbor, Liberty. Liberty is homeschooled, lives with her uncle, and has secrets in her past. The two do a very good job with the puzzles, and come very close to getting all of them when Liberty's worried mother descends to take her home. Dylan, despite his anxiety, struggles to finish, and is helped at the very last by an unlikely source. With Liberty gone, will he manage to patch things up with Joon in order to go to Comic Con together?

    Strengths: Stanley is a very intriguing character, and his friendships with Joon and Liberty, his ways of dealing with stress in his life, and his knowledge of classic comic books are all interesting. The plot moves along at a good clip even with all of the events occurring, and while puzzles are not my favorite thing, the comic book quest works nicely.

    Weaknesses: I could have done without the evil brother and his obsession with coyotes, and without the grandfather. There were enough other sad things going on, and I would have liked to have known more about Stanley's sensory processing disorder and ways he copes with it. I found it nearly impossible to believe that his mother had never told the school!

    What I really think: I will probably buy this one, since it was funny and fast paced, but the cover isn't great. While this style works for Kloepfer's zombie books, it just doesn't work with this one.

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