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A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius

  • ISBN 9781443133173, Hardcover
  • 272 Pages | 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.

Rights Sold

  • English (Asia) – Scholastic Asia
  • English (Australia) – Scholastic Australia
  • English (UK) – Andersen Press
  • English (US) – Sourcebooks
  • French (N. Amer.) – Éditions Scholastic
  • French World (ex. N. Amer) – Actes Sud
  • Portuguese – Geracao
  • Turkish – Epsilon

Selling Points

• The first of a planned trilogy
• A fresh and distinctive new voice
• Appeal for fans of Jeff Kinney, Gordon Korman and Susin Nielsen
• Offbeat approach using journals, emails, doodles to convey Arthur’s trials and tribulations


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