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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  15 reviews
From CBCA shortlisted author, Penny Tangey, comes a funny, moving and heartfelt coming-of-age story.

When Stevie's brother is taken to hospital, her dreams seem further away than ever. Stevie's after school world is filled with hospital visits and there's even less money for anything, especially her dream of a pony. With her mum spending more time with her brother, Stevie's
Paperback, 234 pages
Published August 21st 2013 by University of Queensland Press
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Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Stay Well Soon deals with big issues like death and grief, bullying and single family dynamics but for a younger audience. Suitable for the middle primary to lower secondary age group, the story deals with Stevie, a girl in Yr 5, whose world is shaken by her brother's illness and hospitalisation which she doesn't fully understand, bullying at school - if she befriends the new girl she might be kicked out of her group - and a change in family dynamics after Dad Ben, Mum's latest boyfriend, leaves ...more
Adele Broadbent
Stevie has a lot of dreams…more friends at school, better drawing pencils and a pony. If only she had her dream horse, her life would be better and the other horse-mad girls would talk to her. But Stevie doesn’t find friendships easy, especially since April came and began hanging around her friend Charlotte.

Charlotte and April have wealthier families and Stevie ends up being excluded from things until she is on her own. She reads horse books to kill time during lunch at school. When a new girl
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Stay Well Soon by Penny Tangey is told through the eyes of eleven-year old Stephanie, known as Stevie. From Stevie’s perspective we navigate the everyday highs and lows of modern tweendom, from playground friend politics, to lying to her mother, to dreaming of her future horse Atta Girl, to disliking her sick older brother for taking up everyone’s time and attention. In the opening chapter
Kerryn Lawson
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I drew parallels between this book and Lenny’s book of everything but I felt tentative the language in this book wasn’t as mature. In saying that, considering the main character is 11 I felt like I was hearing an 11 year olds voice so I think the book is written perfectly for the target audience. While it covers some tough themes and situations I felt they were handled well. The ending was a bit different to how I imagined it would be, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
middle grade.
Lara Quinn
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book! Stay Well Soon is an amazing book that warmed my heart and even made me cry at one point
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Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Grade five student Stevie longs to own a horse – her best friend Charlotte has just gotten one, even though Stevie was the one that liked horses first. She’s sure that a horse would make her whole life better. Her friends don’t talk to her anymore, because she doesn’t have one and you have to have a horse to be ‘in the group’. Ever since Dad Ben left to go work interstate, life has been difficult for Stevie. Her mother is only concerned about Stevie’s older brother Rhys because he’s not well. St ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I first read this book I was in primary school. Stevie’s story always fascinated me because as an Australian youngster it was just so true to school and friendships and life. Since then I’ve read it more than six times and loved it and cried after every reading.

Truly underrated so easy to read and understand but also laced with important life messages and things every young girl doesn’t want to admit.

Stay Well Soon is always going to be a nostalgic favourite for me. It’s inspired me so much
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
i loved the story i felt sorry for the girl in the book
great book
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Sad but great story
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I lovely book about friendship courage and family
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