Stacey Fru (February 16, 2007) is a South African writer, activist, and philanthropist. Starting to write the very first novel at the age of 7, Fru became the youngest published author in Africa.
Fru is the second of four children in her family. Her first book Smelly Cats was written without her parents' knowledge and published just before her eighth birthday. Smelly Cats is a story about a group of cats who are trying to find a new home. The book has been praised for its humor and its message of friendship. According to the South African news provider Independent Online, the publication of her debut novel made her Africa's youngest published author. Her second book, Bob and the Snake, was published when she was ten.
Her 2019 book Tim's Answer was the first book in South Africa to be published simultaneously in print, Braille and via the Digital Accessible Information System. Fru is also the author of some other popular works including Smelly Cats on Vacation (2020), Where is Tammy? (2020), and Stacey Fru As Seen and Heard (2021).
Fru's work has been recognised with several honours: she was the recipient of the 2019 Pan-African Award for Literary Work, the 2020 Outstanding Young African Entrepreneur award, and the 2020 Global Child Prodigy award. She was among those shortlisted for the 2020 International Children's Peace Prize. In March 2021, she was included in a list of the 100 most influential young South Africans published by Avance Media.
In addition to being an author, Fru is also an active advocate for children's rights. In 2016, she founded the Stacey Fru Foundation, a charity dedicated to improving access to education for children in South Africa's rural areas. In 2017, she became an ambassador for Save the Children.
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