Pluto got the shock of his life when he was kicked out of the famous nine. His planet status was stripped away, leaving him lost and confused. He doesn’t fit in anywhere! But when Pluto is about to give up, he runs into a dwarf planet and finally finds his place in the solar system.

Stef Wade’s debut picture book combines a popular science topic with character education themes of self-discovery, acceptance, and friendship.


Council for Wisconsin Writers

Tofte/Wright Literacy Award – Honorable Mention

March, 2019

The Reading Agency

Summer Reading Challenge 2019 – UK

December 1, 2018

Texas Library Association

2019 2×2 Reading List

February 1, 2019


2019 Golden Duck Notable Picture Book

February 2019


Kirkus Reviews

“Demmer gives all the heavenly bodies big eyes (some, including the feminine Saturn, with long lashes) and, on occasion, short arms along with distinctive identifying colors or markings. . . .Make space for this clever blend of science and self-realization.” – Kirkus Reviews

May 15, 2018

Barnes & Noble Kids blog – Molly Schoemann-McCann

“A charming story about finding your place in the world (or the solar system). When Pluto loses his planet status, he feels sad and adrift. As he searches for a new identity, he makes new friends and learns valuable lessons (and fascinating facts!) in a journey that is part science, part self-discovery.” – Barnes & Noble Kids blog

August 2, 2018

Foreword Reviews – Pallas Gates McCorquodale

“Poor Pluto. Disheartened that after decades together he can no longer call himself a planet along with Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and the others, he sets off with four moon companions and a wee suitcase, his expressive eyes wide open. Join him on his quest to find a place to belong while learning what makes planets, comets, asteroids, and meteoroids unique in a delightful and accessible take on the redesignation of the Kuiper Belt’s most controversial orbiter.” – Foreword Reviews

July 1, 2018



In the latest story from Stef Wade, follow Lance, a leaf who’s the best student in his class, but is afraid of his final exam…falling. Published by Capstone, July 1, 2020.




Q AND U CALL IT QUITS is a story of two good friends, Q&U. When U gets sick of Q being needy, she sets off for some alone time. When the other letter blends catch wind of the split, they begin to drift apart, creating chaos and confusion. How can the words be spelled without the letter blends?

Published by HarperCollins – Summer 2021