I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President

Posted on May 26, 2011


by Josh Lieb
Razorbill 2009 (Book Website)
Young Adult
Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.

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Discussion Questions/Guides
General Book Discussion Questions (Book-Clubs-Resource.com), 

Audio Booktalk (Kirkwood Public Library, MO), Inland Magazine,

Author Information
X, NPR Interview with Josh Lieb, Video interview at Big Think,  Josh Lieb author video, featuring Jon Stewart

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Curriculum Connections

Reading Levels
Lexile: 780. Accelerated Reader: Level 5.1. Reading Counts: Level 4.7. 

Blogs: Fuse #8Reading Rants!, Teen InkDog Eared (National Geographic), The Book Bench (The New Yorker), Murmur.com, Conversation Pieces: Building Bright Ideas, PopMattersI Just Read About That…, The Bend in the Road, Commonsense Media

Good vs. Evil: Young Adolescent Boys Discover Their Inner Warriors by Janie Riddle Goodman, SCMSA Journal 2009-2010
Josh Lieb of ‘Daily Show’ puts his wit to ‘Unspeakable Evil’ by Bob Minzesheimer, USA TODAY  October 22, 2009
So What Do You Do, Josh Lieb, Executive Producer, The Daily Show? by Amanda Ernst, Mediabistro.com October 21, 2009
Neil Gaiman and Josh Lieb Get Hollywood All Excited About YA Books Again, New York Magazine/Vulture
Alarmingly Long Movie Title Raises Eyebrows, Doubts by Josh Radde, Film School Rejects March 26, 2008

Nutmeg Teen Award 2012 Nominee2009 Off the Cuff Award for Favorite Book Title,  

Other Books to Read
Middle School Boys: Humor (Suggestions by Michael Sullivan), Tickling Teens’ Funny Bones (School Library Journal),  LOL: Books That Make You Laugh (Cleveland Public Library), Prime Baby by Gene Luen Yang (Teenreads.com)