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Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius

Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius

by Stacey Matson

ISBN 9781443133883 Hardcover
ISBN 9781443133906 Ebook
264 Pages | 5.54" x 8.65" | Ages 9 to 12
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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.

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

“Despite his audacity, Arthur is a sympathetic and utterly endearing character... ” —Canadian Children’s Book News


  • Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2017
  • Commended, Junior Library Guild selection, 2017
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2016


Rights Sold

  • English (Australia) - Scholastic Australia
  • English (UK) - Andersen Press
  • English (US) - Sourcebooks
  • Portuguese - Geracao

Selling Points

  • A fresh and distinctive new voice
  • Offbeat approach using journals, emails, doodles to convey Arthur’s trials and tribulations
  • Second title of a trilogy


Also by
Stacey Matson

  • Finding Cooper
  • Notes from the Life of a Total Genius
  • A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius

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Contact Information

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604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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