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Will Kostakis Will Kostakis i(A90758 works by) (a.k.a. Will Kostakis; William Kostakis)
Born: Established: ca. 1989 ;
Gender: Male
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William Kostakis undertook his secondary education at Newington College, Sydney. He then went on to undertake a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) at Sydney University.

He published his first novel when he was nineteen; he had previously won Sydney Morning Herals Young Writer of the Year for a collection of short stories, while still in high school.

His second novel was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award, among other wins and shortlists. His third novel also marked his debut in the American market, it won the Ena Noël Award (IBBY Awards) and was a finalist for the international Lambda Awards.

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Sidekicks Melbourne : Penguin , 2016 9231773 2016 single work novel young adult

'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. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac's gone, what does that make them?

'Will Kostakis, award-winning author of The First Third, perfectly depicts the pain and pleasure of this teenage world, piecing together three points of view with intricate splendour.' (Publication summary)

2018 winner IBBY Australia Ena Noël Award
2018 finalist International Awards Lambda Awards LGBTQ Children's / Young Adult
2017 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2017 longlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
2017 longlisted Indie Awards Young Adult
2016 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Young Adult Book Award
y separately published work icon The First Third Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2013 5985243 2013 single work novel children's young adult

'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.' (Publisher's blurb)

2017 shortlisted YABBA Fiction Years 7-9
2016 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Young Adult Fiction
2014 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Young Adults' Fiction
2014 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
2014 winner Inky Awards Gold Inky
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