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Will is an award-winning author for young adults and younger readers. His first novel was released when he was only nineteen and his second novel, The First Third won the 2014 Inky Awards, and was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. His third YA novel The Sidekicks was released in 2016, and was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers. Will is also the author of Stuff Happens: Sean for younger readers, and has a short story featured in Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology.
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Will Kostakis was an exceptional author speaker who engaged our students with his witty, wacky and very down to earth conversations. He connected with the students using his childhood experiences and at the same time showing and emphasizing that books and reading made him who he is right now. Will is an inspiring advocate of reading and every school library should have him visit.
-Brighton Grammar School
Will Kostakis captivated our year 8 students from the start of his presentation. His frank and open talk about his life experiences and his writing, inspired so many of our young students. We would welcome Will back at anytime.
-Rosehill Secondary College
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Books by Will Kostakis
Best suited 12+ years
Newbie gods Connor, Sally and Locky want to change the world – no biggie.
Best Suited for ages 12+ years
When Connor Giannopoulos discovers a Monument under his high school, he doesn’t have any idea how much his life is going to change forever. It turns out that immortality and strength beyond his wildest dreams is a bit more responsibility than he bargained for.
Best Suited for ages 13-16 years
Life is made up of three parts- in The First Third, you’re embarrassed by your family; in the second, you make a family of your own; and in the end, you just embarrass the family you’ve made.
Best Suited for ages 12+ years
The Swimmer. The Rebel. The Nerd.
All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend.
Best Suited for ages 14+ years
With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks, this all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA.
Best Suited for ages 8-12 years
Sean has just moved from WA to Monvale where his parents grew up. Sean misses his friends and wonders if he’ll ever be able to make mates as good as the ones he has left behind.
Best Suited for ages 7-12 years
A collection of four awesome Stuff Happens books in one, from some of Australia’s favourite children’s authors
When stuff happens to Ned, Dale, Sean and Ethan at Monvale Primary, it’s just the everyday stuff.
Stuff that happens all the time!