A Lot Of Stuff Happens

Penguin Random House Australia, 2019

When stuff happens to Ned, Dale, Sean and Ethan at Monvale Primary, it’s just the everyday stuff.

You know, friendships, ghost stories, the school play, disappearing hamburgers, new teachers, singing monkeys and lions, the first day at school, confiscated phones, school flags made of underwear, living up to older brothers and sisters, warring dinosaurs.

Stuff that happens all the time when you’re in Year Five.

A collection of four awesome Stuff Happens books in one, from Australian favourites Adrian Beck, Andrew Daddo, Oliver Phommavanh and Will Kostakis, and edited by Susannah McFarlane, the concept creator behind Zac Power and Go Girl!

“Highly recommended. For a tome (thick book), this collection of humorous stories set in the fictitious Monvale school and featuring overlapping characters, is a quick easy read. Four separate stories combine despite separate narrators. The great thing about continuity is learning that a minor character floating in the margins of one story . . . can have his own set of challenges and strengths when it’s his turn to tell his story. While a potentially good read-aloud to enjoy and discuss collectively, this book will have a strong appeal to middle primary students – enough to warrant extra copies.” Deborah Robins, READPLUS

Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology

HarperCollins Australia 2017, 2018

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. ‘I Can See The Ending’ is a brand-new story from William Kostakis.

‘I Can See The Ending’ appears alongside brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved Australian young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks.

‘I Can See The Ending’ is also available separately as an e-book.

WINNER: Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year for Older Children 2018
Aurealis Awards, Best Young Adult Short Story 2017 Shortlist
Aurealis Awards, Best Science Fiction Novella 2017 Shortlist
The Inky Awards, Gold Inky 2018 Shortlist

“This gorgeous #LoveOzYA anthology of short stories is one of my favourite things that has happened in 2017 so far. So many amazing Australian authors. So many delightful, magical, wonderful YA stories. It’s pure heaven!” Sarah McDuling, BOOKTOPIA

The 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.

An 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
WINNER: IBBY Australia, Ena Noel Award 2018
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
Lambda Literary Awards, LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult Shortlist 2018


“While this is Kostakis’s American debut, his literary polish and deep understanding of teen storytelling is compelling and nuanced from the first page… A memorable experience with teens who grow to absorb tragedy and build a future on its foundation. VERDICT An excellent exploration of grief from a rising talent that belongs in all libraries serving teens.” Starred review, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“An engrossing study of relationships, unintended consequences, and the many-nuanced similarities and differences that makes us human. Male and female readers alike will be readily drawn into each character’s unique emotional journey and the tapestry of friendship they ultimately create.” Starred review, VOYA

“A masterfully written story filled with heart, sorrow, and hope.” Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling 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

“Gutsy, ambitious, funny, sad and beautiful.” Melina Marchetta, Printz Award-winning author of On The Jellicoe Road

“The Sidekicks is a hypnotic story of friendship, loss, grief, self-discovery, and-most of all-love. Read this book. Trust me. I loved every word and you will too.” Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

“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

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

Stuff 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 enjoyed Sean, check out the rest of the books in the Stuff Happens series, available now.

The 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.

WINNER: The Inky Awards, Gold Inky 2014
GET READING! 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
KOALA Awards, Fiction for Years 7-9 Shortlist 2017
YABBA Awards, Fiction for 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, Printz Award-winning author of Looking For Alibrandi

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

“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

Loathing Lola

Pan Macmillan Australia 2008

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.

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