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Will Kostakis’s Young Adult Book List

Will Kostakis is a Young Adult’s author and winner of the 2005 Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year.

Pandora Jones Series by Barry Jonsberg

If we’ve met, I’ve probably told you about The Whole Business with Kiffo and the Pitbull, Barry’s first novel. As a teenager, that book hit me like no other. Barry Jonsberg is one of Australia’s most prolific young adult authors, and while there are certain things you come to expect from him, he never writes the same book twice. He dabbles in dystopian fiction with his latest, Deception, the second instalment of the critically acclaimed Pandora Jones trilogy, which began with Admission and ends with Reckoning in May 2015. It’s a great choice for teens that enjoy series, and there isn’t long to wait for the conclusion!


Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

The premise won me over instantly. Sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukaemia, spends her final months tending to unfinished business (some acts are sweet, others, not so), only to then go into remission and have to deal with the consequences of her actions. It sounds like a young-adult Breaking Bad, minus the drug empire, but it’s so much more than that. Heartfelt and honest, this is will well worth a look.


The Book of Days by K. A. Barker

Sixteen-year-old Tuesday wakes with no memories, and sets out to discover her past, armed with only a letter from her past self and the help of her charming guide, Quintalion. Different in all the right ways, The Book of Days is a joy to read – a definite must for fantasy fans who appreciate a richly drawn world and engaging characters.


The Reluctant Hallelujah by Gabrielle Williams

This release flew under the radar when it was released back in 2012. I won’t try sell you with specifics, that’ll spoil it, so I’ll simply say: It’s from the author of the awesome Beatle Meets Destiny, it’s just as good, you’ve never read a book quite like it, and you’ll sell it to your friends this exact same way.



  1. Gab Williams

    I’m rapt to be included on a list of such cracking good books. Thanks Will.

  2. Raquel

    Love that Pandora Jones has made it. I love the fact that the author isn’t stringing the releases out like a lot of others do. Adults get frustrated waiting for the next release from a fav author – young adults are even worse! This is a great series.

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