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On Sale: July 13, 2010
Pages: 304 | ISBN: 978-0-375-89404-6
Published by : Knopf Books for Young Readers RH Childrens Books
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THE CRIME
It all started when Will mooned the girls' school bus. It wasn't his finest moment. And it's the last time William Armstrong will sully the St. Andrew's community, says Principal Waddlehead-er, Waverton.
THE PUNISHMENT
That's when a teacher worried about Will's home situation comes up with an idea. Why not let Will, a talented guitarist, give back to the school in a progressive manner? Why not have him play in . . . THE SCHOOL MUSICAL?
THE MUSICAL
Now Will is stuck in the school production of The Boy Friend. He's a laughingstock, and he has to give up his weekends for a show set at a girls' finishing school.
THE PLAYERS
There's the trombone-playing seventh grader who proclaims himself Will's best friend and refuses to leave his side. Then there's the undeniably attractive leading lady. Although she might be in love with her costar, the new football hero (and dazzling singer!).
Sharp-witted, funny, and poignant all at once, this is the story of a boy going through a difficult time who, in a most unlikely way, discovers the person he truly wants to be.


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Friday afternoon    

Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!  

The words reverberated around the playground of St. Andrew's like the backbeat of drums at a live gig. The bell for the end of the day had echoed half as loudly fifteen seconds before and with it hundreds of boys had bolted out of homerooms, toilets, offices,corridors and bike sheds, sniffing the taste of freedom for another week.  

Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!  

With each round of the chant more and more boys diverted from their quest for freedom and converged on the top oval. Everything was in place for the undertaking of one of the most revered rituals in an all-boys school: it was a Friday afternoon, the windwas blowing, there were no teachers around and two skinny Year 9 boys had been conned into believing that the other had said something about his mum.  

I wasn't really into the mob fight thing, and I felt sorry for the two kids who by now probably wanted to bawl their eyes out and run home, but it didn't stop me loving the chaos it created.  

Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!  

Right on cue the staffroom door swung wide open and out came security. Normally the PE blokes were the first to make it out, maybe because they were fit or maybe because they didn't want to miss out on the action. This time the charge was led by Waddlehead, aka Waverton, the deputy principal; he was old, but when he was wound up he could move. He powered across the oval flanked by a collection of year coordinators, and the rest of the teachers who hadn't already bolted to the pub for Friday-afternoon drinks. Thedoor to Mr. No-Show Kennedy, the principal's, office, remained shut, as usual.  

The two skinny Year 9 kids, who had just managed to grab each other's shirt collars and kind of swing each other around, had absolutely no idea the posse, led by Deputy Waddlehead, had arrived. On instinct, most of the mob legged it upon their arrival. Unfortunately the two heroes took the mass exodus as a sign they were off the hook, and let go of each other's shirts, grinning stupidly at one another, completely unaware that they were seconds away from impending doom. Still grinning, they turned around to see where everyone had buggered off to. It was then that their eyes fell on the procession. Fear froze on their faces. Waddlehead deliberately slowed down on approach. Like startled animals they remained glued to the spot, mesmerized. No one did anything. Then,with the slightest lift of his chin and a razor-sharp point and curl of his index finger, Waddlehead seized his prey. The two prisoners turned back toward the school and made the long, slow walk across the oval.  

No, it wasn't going to be a good weekend for those two buggers, no matter how much they swore to their mums that they were only sticking up for them.        


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Maria Boyd

About Maria Boyd

Maria Boyd - Will
Maria Boyd has spent the better part of the past seven years teaching at two boys' high schools in Sydney, Australia, a job that has guaranteed her, among other things, at least four belly laughs a day. Before that, she completed her master's in cultural studies, and before that, she traveled the world from her base in London.
She has explored many different types of opportunities in her working life, but nearly all have had something to do with young people and teaching. There is no coincidence in this-she enjoys and believes in them both. Maria lives in Sydney.
Will is her first novel.


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