Stacey’s first book, ‘Smelly Cats’, won first prize at the 2016 NDA in the ‘Best ECD Publication 2015: Special Mention’ category. Other notable awards that she has received include the ‘Young Leader 2016’ award and a special mention by Lead SA in November 2016. She was Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young Most Influential South African 2016 and Runner up at the Victor Basadi Awards in the Young Dignitary Category for 2017. 

”. Stacey Fru is a bubbly 12 year old South African girl whose love for reading and writing inspired her love for creative writing. Her observance in life is exposed in "Smelly Cats". Stacey who is a Grade 3 learner at Sacred Heart College - Observatory in Johannesburg, finished writing Smelly Cats two (2) weeks before she turned 8. Stacey's parents did not take her seriously even after they read the book until a professional editor gave them reasons to trust this copy and to help her publish it.