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A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius

What Scholastic Canada has to say:

Gordon Korman meets Word Nerd in this totally (and completely) genius debut! Arthur Bean, soon-to-be a rich and famous author, has set two goals for himself: to win the school writing contest and to win the heart of his secret crush, Kennedy. But his life has had some major twists and turns lately, and the recent loss of his mother definitely complicates things.

Arthur is in turns outrageous, defiant, and unintentionally hilarious as we peek over his shoulder at his reading journals, notes from his long-suffering teachers, his offbeat articles for the school newspaper — even the emails he sends to writing partner Kennedy. A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius is a fresh and funny story about a boy whose bad luck can’t dampen his spirit — or his love of writing.

A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius is making the rounds!
Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award (MYRCA), 2016
Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children’s Choice), 2016
Short-listed, Snow Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice), 2015
WINNER! Chocolate Lily Book Award (BC Children’s Choice) , 2015
Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, 2015
Junior Library Guild Selection, 2015

Read an amazing review from the Vancouver Sun!
Made it onto the Quill and Quire Handpicked Gifts List for Christmas 2014!
A top pick for Shelf Talkers in December 2014!
Read the review in Canadian Review of Materials!


Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius

What Scholastic Canada has to say:

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.

Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius is:

  • Shortlisted for the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award (MYRCA) 2017
  • Commended by Best Books for Kids and Teens 2016: Spring Edition

Read a review on the University of Manitoba website of Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius!


Notes from the —— Life of a Total Genius

What Scholastic Canada has to say…

A new year, a new controversy, and another way to make Kennedy mad . . .
It’s Arthur Bean’s lat year of junior high, and he finally has his own column in the school newspaper: Just One Guy’s Opinion. But his co-editor Kennedy is mad at him (not that he still wants to be her boyfriend) and his friend Robbie has moved to another city. Now he’s on a collision course with the new principal over censorship. Can Arthur make it to grad without starting a revolution?
The hilarious sequel to
A Year in the Life of a (Total and Complete) Genius and Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius.

Read a review at the University of Manitoba website of Notes from the —– Life of a Total Genius!

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