Author(s): Will Kostakis
All 16-year-old Connor is trying to do is avoid his ex-best friend when he stumbles upon a trapdoor to a secret chamber under his school. But when Sally Rodgers breaks into the same secret chamber looking for an ancient being, things take an unexpected turn... and Connor's life will never be the same again.
Along with the mysterious Sally and, later on, his new friend Locky, Connor discovers the Monuments - gods who have been buried for generations - who created the world and hid themselves away from humanity to keep everyone safe. But now they're exposed and vulnerable, and Connor isn't sure who, himself included, can be trusted with the knowledge and the power these gods have.
PUBLICATION SEPTEMBER 2019
Lucy Bailey's Review:
Ancient gods, secret tunnels hidden under schools, time travel, and lots of quips. What's not to love?
Sixteen-year-old Connor Giannopoulos is experiencing his first friend divorce when he stumbles upon a trap door to a secret chamber under his school. One mysterious girl dressed as a boy, an upside down room, and a seven foot stone god later, Connor is skipping school and racing across Sydney with the most gorgeous guy he's ever seen to find the resting places of ancient gods known as The Monuments and save them from destruction - and possibly the end of the world as we know it.
An action-packed read with a whole lot of humour and a little bit of romance. Perfect for Rick Riordan fans, this is the first in a series.
Shortlisted Indie Book Awards - 2020
Will Kostakis is an award-winning author for young adults. His first novel, LOATHING LOLA, was released when he was just nineteen, and his second, THE FIRST THIRD, won the 2014 Gold Inky Award. It was also shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year and Australian Prime Minister's Literary awards. THE SIDEKICKS was his third novel for young adults, and his American debut. As a high school student, Will won SYDNEY MORNING HERALD Young Writer of the Year for a collection of short stories.