A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius by Stacey Matson
  

A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius

Written by Stacey Matson

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July 2015 Debut of the Month Arthur Bean seems pretty sure of himself, in no doubt that he’s a brilliant writer with a life of prizes, fame and adulation ahead of him. At least that’s the image he projects in his written correspondence with teachers and schoolmates. The letters he sends to his imagined penfriend RJ (actually his Reading Journal) tell a very different story and reveal a lot more about what Arthur, who has recently lost his mother, is really feeling. His life, including attempts to win a story-writing competition, run-ins with teachers who don’t quite appreciate his take on homework assignments, crush on fellow writer Kennedy and surprise friendship with sworn enemy Robbie Zack, is all described through notes and emails from and to Arthur. They tell an appealing, original story and make for highly entertaining reading, funny and poignant too. ~ Andrea Reece

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A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius by Stacey Matson

Arthur Bean is a genius - it's just that no one else realises this quite yet. He's going to be a world-famous author, even if he's an outcast who is only confident whilst writing. What he writes is pretty funny, but it gets him into trouble, too - with his English teacher; the editor of the school newspaper; the beautiful girl in his class, Kennedy; and with his number one nemesis, Robbie Zack. Arthur is often too honest for his own good - except for when he's handing in stories based a little too closely on famous novels. Through letters, email exchanges, 'SEE ME' notes and doodles, enter the funny, touching and often mixed-up mind of Arthur Bean, creative genius.

Reviews

Arthur is a self-dramatizing memoirist with a subversive sensibility, sharp-witted with a magnet eye for the ridiculous. His writings and personality also bring to mind Jeff Kinney's hilarious schemer and pretension-piercing fellow diarist, Greg Heffley. -- Sherie Posesorski Vancouver Sun

This genius series debut is a fresh and funny story about a boy whose bad luck can't dampen his spirit - or his love of writing. Books for Everybody

Incredibly funny and bittersweet. Highly recommended -- Athina Clarke Readings

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

Arthur is a sweet and funny character and it is a lot of fun to join him on his journey through the ups and downs of junior high -- Kim Ferguson Shelf Talkers, 49thshelf.com

About the Author

Stacey Matson

Stacey Matson is from Calgary. She began her career in theatre, writing pieces for museums. She's had lots of jobs, including belly dancer, forklift driver, children's party entertainer and Christmas tree seller. She loves travel, tennis and skiing, and plays the piano and ukulele. She now lives in Vancouver.

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Format

Paperback
272 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Author

Stacey Matson
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Author's Website

www.staceymatson.com/

Publisher

Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

2nd July 2015

ISBN

9781783443017

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Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

Publisher's Website

www.andersenpress.co.uk


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