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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.

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?

'Gutsy, ambitious, funny, sad and beautiful.' - Melina Marchetta, Printz Award-winning author of Looking for Alibrandi.

Reviews

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' and 'Holding Up the Universe'

Kostakis makes good use of the three characters' narratives, moving from relatable Ryan to sympathetic Harley and finally the initially unprepossessing Miles, whose inability to wear a social mask and habit of seeing his life as a movie make him a touching narrator.

Publishers Weekly

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 al libraries serving teens. (starred review)

School Library Journal

A masterfully written story filled with heart, sorrow, and hope.

New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143309031

    February 29, 2016

    Penguin

    272 pages

    RRP $24.00

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  • EBook

    9781760142131

    February 29, 2016

    Penguin eBooks

    200 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • Queensland Literary Awards
    2016
    Shortlisted
    Young Adult Book
  • Indie Book Awards
    2017
    Longlisted
    Young Adult
  • Inky Awards
    2017
    Longlisted
    Gold Inky for an Australian Book
  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards
    2017
    Shortlisted
    Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    2017
    Notable Book
    Older Readers
  • IBBY Honour Award
    2018
    Awarded
    Ena Noel Award