Stu Truly is the coming-of-age story of 12-year-old Stu, who struggles to navigate the murky waters of adolescence after finding himself living a lie that he started to impress the new girl in school—also available in hardcover!
When Stuart Cornelius Truly first sets eyes on Becca, the new girl at school, he ends up stapling his finger to his seventh-grade history assignment. The second time he sees her, he coughs up a bite of her lunch—a vegetarian roasted pepper sandwich—all over her sweater, and promptly lies, claiming that he, too, is a vegetarian. Their third encounter goes more smoothly, but Stu’s lie turns out to be harder to keep than he expected, especially since his family owns a butcher shop.
In this hilarious, heartwarming, contemporary middle grade novel, Stu suddenly begins to realize the opposite sex exists (and isn’t so bad, after all!). Can Stu learn to successfully navigate old friends, new crushes, and horror-filled school dances, or will his lie, intended to impress his crush, cause his world to fall apart?
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“A charming tale of angst and self-discovery.”—Dav Pilkey, bestselling author of the Captain Underpants series
“Narrator Stu’s over-the-top descriptions are often laugh-out-loud funny.”—Booklist
“Richards’ first novel utterly charmingly and convincingly depicts a boy’s first crush on a real girl.”—Kirkus Reviews