Thursday, November 17, 2016

Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Scenes From the Epic Life of a Total Genius by Stacey Matson

As you can see, we're back in what I'd mostly consider full swing over here at HDB headquarters. Make no mistake, we love blogging! So even when things get hectic, we always pick it back up. So many books to promote, so little time.

Today's spotlight shines down on Scenes From the Epic Life of a Total Genius by Stacey Matson. This is the second book in the Arthur Bean series which, although I haven't read it just yet, has been consistently praised for its honest and witty portrayal of teenage life. What's not love? 

Lights. Camera. Action! Arthur Bean is back and headed for the big screen.

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 cool-girl 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, and 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.

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     September 3rd

     Dear RJ,

          Did you miss me? I missed having you around.
     Camp was crazy, but now I have the skills to make
     an award-winning documentary that tells all about
     a boy genius! Ha-ha-ha. Oh, RJ, I bet you missed my
     sense of humor!

          I have so much to tell you, and it’s not all that
     boring stuff like last year. I guess I could call you
     something else now. I kind of like RJ though. Instead
     of standing for “Reading Journal,” maybe now RJ
     means “Really Juicy”—as in the gossip I have for you.

          This summer was epic! For one thing, I really
     thought arts camp would suck, but it was pretty cool.
     I wish I had time to tell you all about it right now, but
     I’m leaving to go and hang out with my girlfriend.

        That’s right. I said MY GIRLFRIEND. I told you I
     have a lot to tell you, but you’ll have to wait!

     Yours truly,
     Arthur Bean

Stacey Matson has worked in a theater program on Parliament Hill and written theater pieces for the Glenbow Museum and for the All-Nations Theatre in Calgary. She earned her master of arts in children’s literature at the University of British Columbia. Stacey lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Visit Stacey at
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