About the author

Tristan Bancks is a children's and teen author with a background in acting and filmmaking.

His books include Two Wolves, the My Life series (weird-funny-gross short stories featuring Tom Weekly) and Mac Slater, Coolhunter.

His short films as writer and director have won a number of awards and have screened widely in festivals and on TV.

Image of Tristan Bancks.

About the book

One afternoon, police officers show up at Ben Silver's front door. Minutes after they leave, his parents arrive home.

Ben and his little sister Olive are bundled into the car and told they're going on a holiday. But are they?

It doesn't take long for Ben to realise that his parents are in trouble. Ben's always dreamt of becoming a detective—his dad even calls him 'Cop'. Now Ben gathers evidence and tries to uncover what his parents have done.

The problem is, if he figures it out, what does he do? Tell someone? Or keep the secret and live life on the run?

Book cover. Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks.

Random House Australia

Judges' comments

Thirteen-year-old Ben Silver's family has never taken a holiday together, so when his parents arrive home and bundle Ben and his sister into the car and head up the highway, he knows something isn't right. And here begins a suspenseful and morally charged journey into the Australian bush and into a family's dark past.

Author Tristan Bancks reinvents the survival story for a new generation of readers. Two Wolves offers the intensity that young readers hunger for, while also mapping a moral universe that his readers will relate to and explore.

A remote cabin in a forest, a bag full of cash and mind set for survival are the elements powering this dramatic novel for older children. Ben Silver dreams of growing up to be a policeman: his father sarcastically nicknames him 'Cop', and Ben makes short animated films about crime and capture.

But faced with the real life demands of his threatening father, a need to protect his young sister, and his own survival as the children escape into the bush, can Ben make the pieces of his life fit together?