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Stanley Will Probably Be Fine

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  63 reviews
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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by HarperCollins
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Wendy MacKnight
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
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.
Patricia Murphy
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Ms. Yingling
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
McCall Hoyle
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm buying this one for my classroom. :)
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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.
Stephanie Elliot
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Charming, sensitive and sweet, just how Sally J. Pla does her books! :)
Sarah Sammis
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stanley Fortinbras suffers from anxiety which has only gotten worse with his father being overseas on a variety of charity missions and with his middle school principal hosting constant (but unpredictably scheduled) safety assemblies. Thankfully he finds an understanding adult in the office, Mrs. Ngozo who gives him a safe, quiet place whenever one of these assemblies are announced. It's during a lockdown drill that Stanley creates a comic book hero, alter-ego, that helps him deal with his anxie ...more
Amy Giles
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sally Pla has done it again, handling real issues with sensitivity, honesty, and humor. Stanley has a sensory disorder and coupled with anxiety issue. Middle school is already pushing all of his sensory overload buttons, with its constant lockdown drills and feeling left behind by his best friend. With the help of a fearless new friend/home-schooled neighbor, Liberty, Stanley pushes himself to work through his anxiety and fears (those what if scenarios can be so all-consuming!) to compete in the ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book became my best friend over the past few days. Stanley's nerves, quirks, and thoughts spoke so much truth during such an ugly time. I laughed with him, jumped out of my skin a few times, and smiled widely. I didn't want the story to end.

Stanley is a superhero for kids today. He embodies everything they feel deep within and often fear to do or say. This is a book that every school and classroom library should have multiple copies of to help kids work through their feelings about the wor
Dana Middleton
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even though Stanley knows a lot about comics, you don't have to know anything about them to love this book! Stanley is a comics expert who also suffers from extreme anxiety which makes him feel like an outsider, especially when his best friend is drifting away. Sally Pla expertly interweaves Stanley's sensory disorder with the real life middle school drama he's experiencing. She takes us on a quest where to win Comic Fest tickets Stanley must find bravery he didn't know he had and become more ca ...more
Danielle King
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Someday Birds (also by Sally J Pla) was one of my favorite MG books of 2017. "Stanley" had big shoes to fill. But this was a cute story about a boy with sensory processing issues- who overcomes his fears (with the help of his new neighbor) to go on a quest for tickets to an upcoming Comic Fest. I liked it a lot. I won an ARC of Stanley and have since passed it around to several 5th graders in my class. They all loved it- which led to a purchase for my classroom library!
Kelly Hager
This is an absolutely delightful story. Stanley is nervous a lot. A LOT, though. Among other things, he's afraid of public transportation and crowds (but there are many other things). He's also picked on a lot and his best friend has started spending more time with the bullies than with Stanley. When this trivia contest starts, he's pretty sure it's the answer to everything: he'll get passes to Comic Fest and Joon will be sorry he stopped being Stanley's friend. Except, obviously, he has to face ...more
Gerard Villegas
Set against the world of comic books, Stanley Fortinbra suffers from anxiety and creates his own superhero to deal with the world. To win VIP passes to Comic Fest, Stanley goes on a Scavenger hunt only to find the hidden hero from within. Sweet and endearing, kids 8 and up will enjoy this young read that takes place in San Diego during Comic Con.
Jenny Moore
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love this sweet, inspiring story of a boy with Sensory Processing Disorder and his new friend, a budding feminist and freespirited homeschooler named Liberty. I hope we see more of Stanley. And I'd love to see a book with Liberty at the center, actually.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-it
I think it’s hard to find realistic fiction for boys, that doesn’t deal with sports. Lots of boys I know love to play sports, but don’t necessarily want to read about sports. This is going to be a great book to put in kids hands - and I think girls will enjoy it too. Pla does a great job of capturing anxiety and giving us insight into all Stanley deals with.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very cute middle grades book about a boy with severe anxiety and a love for comic books and how he deals with life in general!
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
That was so stinking cute!
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So wonderful. This should be in every classroom library.
Mary Thomas
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stanley is a seventh grader with a love of comics. He has a lot to navigate: shifting friendship dynamics, family issues, his safety-crazed principal, and a new neighbor. All of this is made more difficult by the fact that he has sensory processing disorder. When Stanley learns about TriviaQuest- a challenge by which participants can win VIP passes to Comic Fest he is both excited and daunted. Will Stanley be able to complete the challenge?

I enjoyed this sweet middle grade story! I particularly
Rob Vlock
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book! Stanley is a delightfully relatable character to anyone who's every felt overwhelmed in a crowd or anxious in high-pressure situations. The story is well-crafted and engaging for kids and adults, and the writing is beautiful throughout! Watching Stanley navigate the intricacies of relationships with his ex-best friend Joon and his new neighbor Liberty is heart-achingly resonant for those of us who have kids who struggle in social situations. We need more books ...more
Lynda Felder
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sally Pla's New Novel is MARVELous

If you fell in love with Sally Pla’s Charlie, in THE SOMEDAY BIRDS, you’ll fall equally for Stanley Fortinbras (often heckled as Fart-in-bra). We understand his plight immediately – the smallest kid in middle school, most likely the smartest, and perhaps the only one who has trouble processing sensory stimuli. Since Peavey Middle School’s principal, Mrs. Coffin (that’s right, Mrs. Coffin), is bent on making sure her students are prepared for every imaginable dis
Patty Palmer
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tackling Today’s Reality from a Kid’s Perspective

Stepping into twelve-year old Stanley Fortinbras’ shoes, student readers will likely relate to the very real challenges that they face in today’s school settings.

Middle school is a trying time for most young adults. Kids are on the cusp of independence, yet the safe, predictable routines of elementary school disappear, and a whole new set of social etiquette is essentially thrown at them in a sink or swim tactic. Friendships ebb and flow, and once
Valerie McEnroe
Adult rating: 3 stars
Kid rating: 4 stars

Kids will like this book, better than I did. There are some catchy themes. Sensory Processing Disorder. Anxiety. Scavenger Hunt. And. Wait for it. COMIC CON. There's a growing number of kids into cosplay and the whole comic convention thing. I've been to one, even though I'm not into it, and I gotta say, it's pretty darn cool.

Stan gets overwhelmed by too much stimuli. Crowds are a no-go. His longtime friend, Joon, is starting to get fed up. Stanley does ha
Beverly McClure
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Take a boy named Stanley, who loves comics, his brother Calvin who loves to torment Stanley, and The Trivia Quest Treasure Hunt, a contest that Stanley and his best friend Joon want to win, and you have a fun adventure. Well, mostly fun, with a few complications.

Sally J. Pla has written a story that middle grade and even older readers will enjoy. When Stanley and Joon enter The Trivia Quest Treasure Hunt, Stanley discovers that best friends are not always loyal. Even more surprising, someone he
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
GREAT book!

Stanley has sensory processing issues. Middle school leaves him anxious, shaky, and distracted to do over-stimulation. His best and only friend starts hanging out with other guys and turning into a different person. Stanley is trying to keep his head down and just get through it with the help of his comic collection, his Ready Room, and the Notebook of Mystery. Then he meets Liberty, the strange homeschooler who moved in next door. Together they decide to take on Trivia Quest a day lo
I received a copy of this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Stanley is a comic book expert and his best friend used to like them just as much. However, as they are getting older, Stanley's best friend begins pulling away. Stanley tries to combat his sensory overload disorder and anxieties to try to keep his best friend. This becomes especially difficult with the overwhelming safety demonstrations his school provides regularly. Stanley finds solace in an unused office in the sch
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This book was fun, but still dealt with some serious mental and physical health issues. Personally, I didn't like how Stanley wasn't getting support from the school in the beginning. As a former educator, I know that the school would have recognized Stanley's struggles and put systems in place earlier than 6th grade. The principal would (or should...) definitely be aware enough to not pull a child with obvious social anxieties on the stage during a whole school assembly. Stanley's adventures wit ...more
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Sally J. Pla is the award-winning author of "The Someday Birds," recipient of the 2018 Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award for its authentic portrayal of disability. It's a NY Public Library Best Children's Book of 2017, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of 2017, a Goodreads Choice Nominee, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and Nerdies award winner. It has starred reviews and appears on severa ...more