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Stanley Will Probably Be Fine

Written by Sally J Pla

Illustrated by Steve Wolfhard

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Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Graphic Novels & Comics Humorous

Stanley Will Probably Be Fine Synopsis

Comic trivia, a safety superhero, and a super-cool scavenger hunt all over downtown San Diego, as 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 faints during a safety assembly, Stanley takes his love of comics up a level by inventing his own imaginary superhero, named John Lockdown, to help him through.

Help is what he needs, because Stanley’s entered Trivia Quest—a giant comics-trivia treasure hunt—to prove he can tackle his worries, score VIP passes to Comic Fest, and win back his ex-best friend. Partnered with his fearless new neighbor Liberty, Stanley faces his most epic, overwhelming, challenging day ever.

What would John Lockdown do?

Stanley’s about to find out.

Stanley Will Probably Be Fine Press Reviews

A New York Public Library Best Kids Book of 2018 * A Kirkus Best Book of 2018 * A Bank Street Best Children's Book of 2019.

"In Stanley Will Probably Be Fine, Sally J. Pla captures the challenges of moving through a world that can sometimes feel too big to face and introduces a character that readers cannot help but root for. A fun, vibrant story full of humanity and heart!"--Booki Vivat, New York Times bestselling author of Frazzled

"Stanley Fortinbras is a master of superhero lore, an artist, a kid who deeply feels the impact of his surroundings, and a protagonist with enough heart and soul for a thousand comic-con attendees. Readers of Stanley Will Probably Be Fine will be much more than fine; they'll be elated."--Mike Jung, author of Unidentified Suburban Object

"Stanley is an eminently lovable underdog!"--Leslie Connor, author of All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook and The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

"An excellent addition to promote social-emotional learning."--School Library Journal

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ISBN: 9780062445803
Publication date: 02/04/2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780062445803
Publication date: 2nd April 2019
Author: Sally J Pla
Illustrator: Steve Wolfhard
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Graphic Novels & Comics, Humorous

About Sally J Pla

Sally J Pla has lived in New York, Connecticut, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, California, and Caracas, Venezuela, along with France. Right now she lives in Southern California. Sally J Pla is a huge dog lover. 

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