The First Third

 

 

TITLE = THE FIRST THIRD

AUTHOR = WILL KOSTAKIS

GENRE = FAMILY, HUMOUR, FRIENDSHIP  

INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 9 +

Family is very important to Bill, and his Greek grandmother is his lynch pin. When she becomes ill and gives him a “bucket list” of things to do before she dies, Bill is desperate to succeed even if the 3 tasks seem impossible:

  1. Find your mummy a husband (how does a 17 yo fix his mother up for a date??)
  2. Get Simon a girlfriend in Sydney (Bill’s older brother lives in Brisbane and is gay … he can hardly ungay him!)
  3. Fix Peter (Bill’s younger brother hasn’t spoken to him for some time and Bill doesn’t know why … how can you fix something when you don’t know what broke it in the first place?)

Fortunately, Bill has some help on his quest from his best mate, Sticks (his real name is Lucas but he has cerebral palsy and needs crutches to get around – hence the nickname). Sticks offers lots of practical (and not so practical) help – and sometimes the results are quite funny. And in the midst of all this, Bill is wondering about his own (non-existent) love life – why do the girls he kisses keep running away?

Bill learns a lot about friendship and family on his journey – there are plenty of laughs and warm moments in this book, but make sure the tissue box is at hand too – especially in the last few chapters.

The praise for this book is clear: it has been Shortlisted for the 2014 CBCA Book of the Year (Older Readers) and Longlisted for the 2014 Gold Inky award.  

Highly Recommended for both girls and boys (DMA)

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