Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius by Stacey Matson

Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius

Written by Stacey Matson
Illustrated by Simon Kwan

9+ readers   Books for Boys   Summer Reading   
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In a nutshell: the agony and the ecstasy of the pre-teen

The return of Arthur Bean, self-proclaimed creative genius and star of one already highly successful diary-based narrative is to be welcomed. Arthur is a rather special voice in fiction for young people: he’s smart, perceptive (except when it comes to his relationships with girls), frequently cynical and often very funny. His adventures – mostly concerning girls and the accidental loan/theft of a video camera, something that weighs heavily on him - are recounted in a variety of forms, from diary entries, texts and emails to homework assignments, even the script of a zombie movie he’s writing. It makes for varied, refreshing reading and feels both real and true. As well as the usual issues of friendships and first romances, Arthur is also mourning the loss of his mother, and this too is sensitively handled. ~ Andrea Reece


Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius by Stacey Matson

It's a new year for Arthur Bean which means new goals. He plans to have his own column in the school newspaper, save the environment, and write and direct an award-winning zombie film. All the while, he is going to be totally hilarious and devastatingly cool (in a geeky way). But sometimes Arthur's ambitions go a little too far...Arthur's genius and potentially award-winning thoughts and schemes are brought to life through emails, notes, doodles and texts.

With inside illustrations by Simon Kwan.

A sequel to A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius.


Praise for the series:

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,

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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272 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

7th July 2016




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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.

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