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Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius

Written by Stacey Matson

Illustrated by Simon Kwan

Key Stage 2 Humorous School Stories

LoveReading View on Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius

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

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Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius Synopsis

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.

Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius Press Reviews

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, 49thshelf.com

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783444380
Publication date: 7th July 2016
Author: Stacey Matson
Illustrator: Simon Kwan
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Humorous, School Stories

About 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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