Will Kostakis is an award-winning author for young adults, who splits his time between writing novels, working as a journalist and touring high schools nationally. His debut novel, Loathing Lola was released when he was just 19 and met with critical acclaim. Will won Sydney Morning Hearld Young Writer of the Year when he was a high school student, for a collection of short stories.
Will's second novel The First Third is an intimate portrait of a broken Greek-Australian family, and the boy tasked with repairing it. The book looks at mortality, identity and the pressures of ‘growing up’. It is aimed at readers of both genders in Years 9 and above. The First Third won the 2014 Gold Inky Award and was shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, and Australian Prime Minister's Literacy Awards. The Sidekicks is Will's third novel for young adults.