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Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius

by (author) Stacey Matson

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2015
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7



Lights. Camera. Action! Arthur Bean’s life has taken a turn for the adventurous — two girlfriends to deal with, and a blockbuster film to co-write, produce and direct. How crazy can one school year get?

Arthur and Robbie have called a truce now that the writing contest and school play are over…but plans go astray when Arthur’s new girlfriend Anila gets jealous of his friendship with Kennedy. And then there’s that little problem of the movie camera Arthur and Robbie borrowed to film their upcoming blockbuster movie.

As Arthur’s life goes off the rails all over again, laughs for the reader are right on track. Emails, doodles, texts, newspaper articles, AV Club rules (which Arthur and Robbie usually break) give the story the same engaging look as A Year in the Life of a (Total and Complete) Genius.


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.


Stacey Matson's profile page


  • Commended, Junior Library Guild selection
  • Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, Sundogs
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection

Editorial Reviews


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

“Irrepressibly charming. . . Give this to fans of Susin Nielsen’s Word Nerd.” —CBC Children’s Book Panel.

“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.” —The Manitoba Library Association


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