Stu Stories: The Adventures of Dirt Clod and His Sidekick Bird Bones, by Patrick Hueller 2017, 160p, Middle-Grade Fiction
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way
Stu Sanderson is no ordinary eighth-grader. Not only is he seven feet tall, but he also vanishes into thin air, duels knights and ninjas, lifts the downtrodden, and woos the best-calved girl in school. Become a middle-grade legend with Stu and his sidekick, Bird Bones, on the journey of a lifetime in “Stu Stories.”
This is a highly entertaining middle-grade read! Patrick, aka "Bird Bones," shares stories about his friend, Stu Sanderson, during their eighth-grade year. The two things you need to know about Stu are 1) he's freakishly tall--like, close to 7'; and 2) his goal in life is to be legendary, which he goes to great lengths to achieve. Each chapter tells of a different experience so we get a good feel for Patrick and Stu's friendship and how they interacted with others. Stu is a bit over the top at times, which makes him fun to read about. I alternated between laughing and shaking my head. I would definitely read more Stu Stories in the future. This book was fun for me to read as an adult, and it will appeal even more to middle-grade readers!
Patrick Hueller has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. His fiction and humor have been published fairly widely (sometimes under the pen names “Paul Hoblin” or “P.W. Hueller”). Fun fact: he’s Cedar Fort author Andy Hueller’s identical twin brother. They like to do readings together whenever they can. He’s been a middle school teacher and is currently a college English professor at Hamline University.