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Will Kostakis
Author | Year 7-12
New South Wales

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

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

Books by Will Kostakis

We Could Be Something

2024 CBCA Book of the Year Notable
Best Suited 12-18 Years
Seventeen-year-old Harvey dreams of breaking free from his life. But when the relationship between his dads breaks down, he’s hauled across Australia on a red-eye flight from Perth to Sydney to live on top of a caf with the extended Greek family he barely knows – a family who are about to get some very sad news.

Sotiris has achieved his dream. He’s a published author at seventeen. But in reality, the dream … kind of sucks. When he meets a cute, wise-cracking bookseller named Jeremy, however, he discovers a new and unexpected dream. One he’s not sure he’s prepared for.

Harvey’s and Sotiris’s stories converge on the same street in Darlinghurst, in this beautifully heartfelt novel about how our dreams shape us, and what they cost us.

Monuments: Book 1

Best Suited 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.

Rebel Gods: Monuments Book 2

Best suited 12+ years
Newbie gods Connor, Sally and Locky want to change the world – no biggie.

The First Third

Best Suited 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.

The Sidekicks

Best Suited  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.

Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology

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.

Stuff Happens: Sean

Best Suited 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.

A Lot of Stuff Happens

Best Suited 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!

Loathing Lola

Best Suited 14-17 Years
Fifteen-year-old Courtney Marlow didn’t exactly think it through. She thought the offer to have her life broadcast on national television was the perfect solution to her family’s financial troubles.

She was wrong.

Mackenzie Dahl, the show’s producer, promised to show Australia a real tenager. Courtney was going to be a positive role model, someone on television without a boob job and an eating disorder.

Soon, everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame via a little bit of Courtney – especially her conniving friend Katie, and her stepmother, Lola. And Courtney is just beginning to realise that ‘ordinary’ does not translate to ‘entertaining’…

The Greatest Hit

Best Suited 14+ Years
People look at Tessa and see her biggest mistake.

While everyone else her age is taking their bold first steps into adulthood, she’s just trying to outrun a song that went viral when she was fourteen.

But now – an opportunity. A profile as one of The Five Most Forgettable Internet Celebrities of the Decade So Far gives her the chance to right a wrong, and the courage to sing her greatest hit as it was originally written. But will it be enough to win back the person she hurt?

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