Will 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.

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About Maria Boyd

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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.
Published June 30, 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 306 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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Aussie soccer jock and guitar player Will is forced to join the band of his high school’s musical as punishment for mooning a bus full of girls.

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In this intense adaptation of Hobbs's suspenseful novel set in 1874 Washington state, 14-year-old Nathan MacAllister uncovers a chilling murder-mystery involving a greedy sailor and members of a local Native American tribe.

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(Yes, the town car gets jacked…but it’s the cargo in the trunk that Raylan is most concerned about.) Now why does Raylan want to keep tabs on the goings on with Arlo’s house?

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It was a goodly sum.” Alvin the store clerk (David Dean Bottrell): “If I didn’t know better, I’d swear that blonde girl set me up for a beating.” Raylan: “I know what you mean.” I like that Rachel has Raylan’s back.

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Martindale owned every damn second she was on screen, presenting so many different faces of Mags - doting mother figure to Loretta, charming hostess and then cold and blunt negotiator to Carol, grieving mother and then evil spirit of vengeance to Raylan at the end - and doing it in a way so that,...

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