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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Notes from the Life of a Total Genius

by (author) Stacey Matson

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Aug 2016
Humorous Stories, Theater, Friendship
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2016
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7



A new year, a new controversy, and another way to make Kennedy mad . . .

Arthur Bean is back! With Robbie in another city (thank goodness for texting) and Kennedy as his co-editor of the school newspaper, Arthur’s final year at Terry Fox Jr. High is off to a rocky start. A chance to produce his own play gives him visions of fame and (finally!) the respect he is sure he deserves, but that’s all dashed when the new principal challenges the content of Arthur’s play.

Never one to take no for an answer, Arthur uses his wit (and his own column in the school paper) to skewer censorship . . . He so irks the principal that now the grad prom is in danger of being cancelled —much to Kennedy’s dismay. In typical fashion, Arthur won’t back down, even when Kennedy pleads with him.

Torn between the wishes of his fellow students and his own best chance for fame, what will Arthur decide?


About the author


Stacey Matson a travaillé dans un programme de théâtre sur la Colline du Parlement et elle a écrit des oeuvres pour le musée Glenbow et le théâtre All-Nations à Calgary. Elle a tout récemment complété une maîtrise en littérature jeunesse à l'université de la Colombie-Britannique. Ma vie de grand et parfait génie incompris est le premier roman d'une trilogie.


Stacey Matson has worked in a theatre program on Parliament Hill and written theatre pieces for the Glenbow Museum and for the All-Nations Theatre in Calgary. She recently completed her Master of Arts in Children's Literature at the University of British Columbia. This is her first novel in a planned trilogy. Stacey lives in Vancouver, BC.


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Editorial Reviews


Praise for A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius:

• Nominee, Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award, 2016

• Nominee, Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2016

• Nominee, Chocolate Lily Award, 2016

“At once funny, outrageous, thoughtful, and informative, this is a story with something for everyone, and Arthur’s is a voice readers won’t soon forget.” —CM: Canadian Review of Materials


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