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  • Winner, Chocolate Lily Book Award (BC Children's Choice), 2015
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice), 2016
  • Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2016
  • Short-listed, Snow Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2015
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2015

A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius Canadian Title

By Stacey Matson   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443128681 Ebook
272 Pages | Ages 9 to 12

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443133173 Hardcover
272 Pages | 5.49" x 8.7" | Ages 9 to 12

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.