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A Place for Pluto
A Place for Pluto
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A Place for Pluto

by Stef Wade
Illustrated by Melanie Demmer

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. Poor Pluto! On his quest to find a place where he belongs, he talks to comets, asteroids, and meteoroids. He doesn't fit it anywhere! But when Pluto is about to give up, he runs into a dwarf planet and finally finds his place in the solar system. This feel-good picture book combines a popular science topic with character education themes of self discovery, acceptance, and friendship. It has bonus material in the back matter to support curriculum.

Reading LevelGrades K-3
Interest LevelGrades K-3
Lexile LevelAD560L
ATOS Level3.1
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #196081
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Page Dimensions9 1/4" x 10 1/4"
Page Count32
School/Library Price



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


Imagination Soup - Melissa Taylor

"The story skillfully entertains while educating readers about Pluto and other solar system elements. Great artwork throughout — very evocative." - Imagination Soup

April 24, 2018

Mom Read It - Rosemary Kaladitis

"This book is just adorable, and it’s my son’s favorite of the BookExpo 2018 haul. It’s a smart approach to explaining Pluto’s history to readers. . . .With an upbeat messages about identity, acceptance, and friendship, and adorable artwork, this is a must-add to your planet books." - Mom Read It

July 24, 2018


Imagination Soup

"2018 Holiday Gift List: STEM Toys, Games & Kits. The story skillfully entertains while educating readers about Pluto and other solar system elements." - Imagination Soup

November 16, 2018

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



Imagination Soup

2018 Holiday Gift List:  STEM Toys, Games & Kits

November 1, 2018

The Reading Agency

Summer Reading Challenge 2019

December 1, 2018

Texas Library Association

2019 2x2 Reading List

February 1, 2019

Library and Information Technology Association

2019 Golden Duck Notable Picture Books List

January 1, 2019

Council for Wisconsin Writers

2019 Arthur Tofte/Betty Ren Wright Children's Literature

March 1, 2019

Maryland Association of School Librarians

2019-2020 Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee

May 1, 2019

Indiana Library Federation

2020-2021 Young Hoosier Nominee

September 1, 2019

Missouri Association of School Librarians

2020-2021 Show Me Reader Award Finalist

January 1, 2020

Arizona Library Association

2021 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee

August 1, 2020

Stef Wade

Stef Wade

Stef Wade used to write about cardboard boxes, but thinks writing books is far more exciting. She was the co-creator and writer for the former cooking and home blog Haute Apple Pie. Stef holds a BA in advertising from Marquette University and an MBA in Integrated Marketing Communication from DePaul University. Stef is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She currently resides in the greater Milwaukee area with her husband and three boys.

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