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Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology

Harper Collins Australia 2017

Love is never as simple as Boy Meets Girl, not for a psychic teen anyway. Nothing spoils Boy Kisses Girl quite like a vision of Girl Dumping Boy …

Award-winning author Will Kostakis returns with a quirky, heartwarming story about love and family, with a hint of supernatural. 


I Can See The Ending is available digitally, and also as part of Begin, End, Begin, the first #LoveOzYA anthology.

Edited by Danielle Binks, Begin, End, Begin is the Australian YA event of 2017, featuring stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer and Lili Wilkinson.

‘This awesome anthology makes me proud to be Australian, and so very happy to be a YA reader… This is essential reading for fans of all the authors involved, as well as anyone who likes good storytelling…’ Sarah McDuling, BOOKTOPIA

Begin, End, Begin traverses the rough terrain of adolescence, pausing to wonder at some of the many beginnings and endings that young adults will encounter during their high-school years. This anthology, taking its title and heart from the recent #LoveOzYA movement, showcases the talent of some #LoveOzYA heavyweights. 4 stars.’ BOOKS+PUBLISHING MAGAZINE

‘A sweet new book, chock-full of stories for young adults (and adults who are young at heart) … the tales are a reminder of what brilliant writers we have here on our shores.’ FRANKIE MAGAZINE

The SidekicksThe Sidekicks
Penguin Random House Australia 2016
Harlequin Teen 2017

Ryan, Harley and Miles are very different people — the swimmer, the rebel and the nerd.

All they’ve ever had in common is Isaac, their shared best friend. When Isaac dies unexpectedly, the three boys must come to terms with their grief and the impact he had on each of their lives. In his absence, Ryan, Harley and Miles discover things about one another they never saw before.

smallkicksAn intricately woven story told in three parts, award-winning author Will Kostakis stuns with this heartwarming, masterfully written novel about grief, self-discovery and the connections that tie us all together.

WINNER: Angus and Robertson Bookworld Best of 2016, Young Adult
Booktopia’s Best Books of 2016, Young Adult Fiction Shortlist
The Sydney Morning Herald, Best Books For Younger Readers 2016
Queensland Literary Awards, Griffith University Young Adult Book Award Shortlist 2016
Indie Book Awards, Young Adult Longlist 2017
The Inky Awards, Gold Inky Longlist 2017
CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Older Readers Notable Book 2017

New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature Shortlist 2017
Publishers Lunch, Buzz Books Fall/Winter 2017

‘A masterfully written story filled with heart, sorrow, and hope.’ Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak

‘America, you are about to be introduced to the heartfelt, funny, wrenching and absolutely wonderful work of Will Kostakis. The Sidekicks will make your heart ache.’ Sara Farizan, author of Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel 

‘In this powerful novel three teenage boys, Ryan, Harley and Miles, must fill a void left by the one thing they had in common: their recently deceased best friend, Isaac. His death has exposed the frailty of the boys’ relationships and they discover that the same secrets that bound them to Isaac are now those that keep them apart.

The Sidekicks is presented as three short novellas – one from each boy’s perspective, covering the period immediately after Isaac’s death. This structure allows Kostakis to delve into the psyches of the protagonists to reveal that each is much more than the title that defines him: The Swimmer, The Rebel, The Nerd. While each novella might be read as a complete work, it is the cumulative effect of reading them in sequence that makes the novel such a powerful statement about teen identity and male friendship. Written in a style that is conversational, witty and poignant, The Sidekicks is a sharply authentic and deeply moving novel.’ Judges’ Comments, ETHEL TURNER PRIZE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE

‘Will Kostakis has written a vibrant, engaging book about relationships, coming out, divorce and loss – and still managed to work in lots of laughs.’ Frances Atkinson, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

The Sidekicks will punch you in the soul at least a dozen times … You will be left with a goofy smile and an emotional high that will last for days. Maybe weeks! Possibly forever!’ Sarah McDuling, BOOKTOPIA

‘This is a masterful tale of coming of age with three young men at once horrified at their friend’s death but also searching for who they are. Highly recommended.’ Fran Knight, READPLUS

‘A contemporary book, wise and worthy, it is a welcome inclusion to the Australian young-adult world. Highly recommended.’ TRISH BUCKLEY, CHILDREN’S BOOK DAILY

‘Their stories, pains and joys are all achingly relatable.’ ISOBEL MOORE, READINGS

‘It makes you look at life, relationships and finding yourself in a whole new light.’ LAMONT BOOKS

‘This book – like the multi-layered, and nuanced characters – shows grief to be a prism with many sides. It’s devastating and devastatingly funny.’ DANIELLE BINKS, ALPHA READER

‘Will Kostakis is a must-read author and The Sidekicks is one of the best contemporary books I’ve read yet.’ TILLY, BOOKS & CATS

SeanStuff Happens: Sean
Penguin Random House Australia 2014

Stuff happens sometimes.

Everyday stuff.

At school, at home, with sport, with mates.

For Sean it happened starting at a new school.

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…

If you like Sean, check out the rest of the books in the Stuff Happens series, available now.

The First ThirdThe First Third
Penguin Random House Australia 2013

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.

That’s how Billy’s grandmother explains it, anyway. She’s given him her bucket list (cue embarrassment), and now, it’s his job to glue their family back together.

No pressure or anything.

Fixing his family’s not going to be easy and Billy’s not ready for change. But as he soon discovers, the first third has to end some time. And then what?

It’s a Greek tragedy waiting to happen.

A painfully funny yet poignant contemporary Australian story for young adults, The First Third is the award-winning sophomore novel from Will Kostakis.

Click here to read an extract.

WINNER: The Inky Awards, Gold Inky 2014
50 Books You Can’t Put Down 2013
ISLN (Singapore) Red Dot Book Awards, Mature Readers Longlist 2013-14
CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Older Readers Shortlist 2014
Australian Book Design Awards, Best Design YA Book Shortlist 2014
Internationale Jugendbibliothek, White Ravens 2014
Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, Young Adult Fiction Shortlist 2014
Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, Young Adult Fiction Award Shortlist 2016
Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBA), Years 7-9 Shortlist 2017

‘The relationships in this novel are gems, funny dialogue, wonderful characters, a story told with so much heart.’ MELINA MARCHETTA

The First Third is a gift of a novel. It proposes to the reader that there is a lovely simplicity of the human condition if only we can take a minute to find it.’ MARAMA WHYTE, HYPABLE.COM

The First Third has a warm, authentic voice… just the right mix of humour and affection.’ MARYANNE HYDE, GOOD READING MAGAZINE

‘This book reads like Will Kostakis putting his heart on his sleeve and his family on the page, and the result is nothing short of magnificent.’ DANIELLE BINKS, ALPHA READER

‘Sad, funny, tragic and hauntingly beautiful.’ CLAIRE, CLAIRE READS

‘There is honesty and truth in the writing, a voice so powerful that it is hard to ignore.’ BRAIDEN ASCIAK, BOOK PROBE REVIEWS

‘Filled with wonderful dialogue, engaging characters and bucket loads of humour and heart, The First Third is another fantastic YA novel from Australian author Will Kostakis.’ SUSAN WHELAN, KIDS’ BOOK REVIEW

‘Will Kostakis did for me what The Perks of Being a Wallflower did for me.’ MICHELLE, NOVELS ON THE RUN

Loathing LolaLoathing Lola
Not currently available

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’…

Funny, smart, silly and sweet, Loathing Lola is a biting debut from then-19-year-old author Will Kostakis. It’s described as Fight Club meets Gossip Girl. We don’t know if that’s a compliment, but we’re taking it as one.