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Arthur Unknown Matson, Stacey


Arthur Unknown is a realistic middle-grade novel that explores themes of expectation and honesty in the world of a smart, funny, and socially awkward student learning to navigate the new, turbulent waters of junior high school. English class assignments, school newspaper articles, emails and reading journal responses tell the story of Arthur Bean, a grade seven kid desperate to win the city-wide short story contest. The problem is, he’s kind of out of ideas right now. In a moment of desperation, he steals the story of his secret love, his creative writing partner Kennedy Laurel. When both stories get chosen as final contest submissions, Arthur needs to find a new story. A solution comes from an unlikely ally, Arthur’s tutoring partner and bully Robbie Zack, but at a price.

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