By Maria Boyd
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375862090, 304pp.)
Publication Date: July 13, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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.
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.