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If you like Melina Marchetta and Barry Jonsberg, you'll love Maria Boyd's novel about being in Year 11, being in trouble and being a good friend.

If you like Melina Marchetta and Barry Jonsberg, you'll love Maria Boyd's novel about being in Year 11, being in trouble and being a good friend.

Will is in trouble and everyone's worried. They reckon it's because of what happened six months ago. He doesn't know what they're on about.

The latest incident lands him in Deputy Waddlehead's office. His school career is over. That is, until his 'concerned' English teacher fixes it so he gets a punishment ten thousand times worse than expulsion - helping out with the school musical.

This is where the real trouble starts. What do you do with a year seven trombone-playing geek who appoints you as his new best friend, teachers who never get off your back, a really hot girl who thinks you're an idiot, and a rugby-playing jock who doesn't realise how dangerous it is to go to a boys' school and act like you actually enjoy singing and dancing?

It's a completely different world, and Will is determined not to get sucked in.


Will's voice is so authentic and strong that you feel as if you either knew him, want to know him, or hope that one day you'll come across him.

Melina Marchetta, bestselling author of SAVING FRANCESCA and LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI

This book is to boys what Looking for Alibrandi was to girls. Highly recommended.

Australian Booksellers Association Kidsâ?? Reading Guide 2006-2007

With a fresh style, an innovative approach to dialogue to hook the boys, and lashings of teen angst and emotional development to entertain the girls, WILL has great appeal for a wide audience. Highly recommended.

Australian Bookseller + Publisher

Will is a first novel from a huge talent ... Totally enjoyable and highly recommended.

Manly Daily

Boyd's experiences as a teacher in a Sydney boys' high school were reflected in the deadly accuracy of the dialogue, internal and external, and the often hilarious playground scenes. This is a funny, touching and appealing account of Will's progress from a walking stereotype of an adolescent male to manhood. Recommended.

Helen Purdie, Magpies

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    August 1, 2006

    Random House Australia Children's

    320 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    May 2, 2011

    Random House Australia

    332 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year
    Notable Book for Younger Readers
  • Inky Awards
    Inky Awards
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    Fiction for Older Readers