by Maria Boyd

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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.
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?
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.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375894046
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/13/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

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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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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Will 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Rigfield on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Get to know Will, he's a good guy. The premise for the book sounds like every other guy-coming-of-age book out there: Will is a high school jock and prankster who finds himself banished to the school's band as punishment for his recent string of hijinks. While with the band, Will learns his lesson and comes to accept himself and others for who they are. What makes this book different is the tone in which it is told - Will is a very subtle, light and fun read, but still manages to have a heart. At no point does the author hit you over the head with Will's struggles, instead, we see our character acting out, and then slowly the pieces come together and we learn the reason behind his acting out. The most challenging part of this book is that its set in Australia and filled with Aussie slang, but if you can work past that, then your in for a good read.
elizardkwik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After Will gets in trouble at school too many times, his punishment is to join the school musical as a lead member of the band, condemning him to spend many hours and weekends with younger and much less cool students. His only consolation is that it gets him out of detention on Wednesdays and he thinks it might help him meet some hot girls. Predictably, being in the play teaches him several important lessons about stereotypes, the power of language, and how to be himself, and by the end, he even ends up with the girl.I wasn't going to finish this book, put off by the use of bolded text instead of normal dialogue punctuation, but I stuck with it and didn't feel like it was a total waste of time. However, I felt that Will acted a lot younger than I would expect a 17- or 18-yr-old to act and it was rather annoying after a while. It also took some getting used to the Australian slang. Overall, the lack of depth and, to me, unrealistic depiction of an older teenager main character make the book lack distinction. I liked the supporting cast much more than the main character and would have preferred to read about their lives rather than his.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The greatest book I have ever read. First read it when I was 14, went and bought it now that I'm 19, re-read it, it's still a fantastic read. The version I read didn't have this cover. This cover is somewhat misleading, because it looks like the cover for a girly book. It's a great book for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the best book. Unless you've really like to know about a boy in a school play,don't read it.