Stuey is back!
This new installment takes up just where the first left off, with Stuey and his friends comforted that their second-grade teacher, Ginger Curtis, is moving on to third grade with them. Lilly Stanley (the “Queen of Obnoxious”) and best friend Will Fishman are also back—keeping the humor light and the friendship real. Told in Stuey’s own fresh, direct voice, with the school year as the frame, these four loosely joined stories show our hero facing new challenges while growing into a more independent, less worried young man. When Will lets on that Stuey’s dad runs a space center, Stuey comes up with a one-of-a-kind field trip and becomes more comfortable with the fact that his parents are divorced and his father lives far away. Stuey’s older brother Anthony becomes more important to Stuey when they travel alone on a plane to see their dad and plan an unforgettable Mother’s Day celebration. Stuey’s resourcefulness shines in the final tale, when Ms. Curtis decides to end the year with a class pet show. Each story is just the right length for chapter-book readers, peppered with frequent humorous ink drawings. Stuey’s mom’s hair in a car vacuum is an image that most third graders will never forget.
Stuey is just the right kind of friend—confident and independent—for any third grader. (Fiction. 6-10)