Sunday, September 15, 2013

Two Wolves

'Two Wolves recalls the great adventure stories of Jack London but with the gritty realism of 21st-century story-telling. Gripping and unpredictable, with a hero you won't forget.’ 
– John Boyne, author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Two Wolves, out now (Random House Australia).
US edition 2015 (Farrar-Straus-Giroux)
'I love this book. As a bookseller, I'm always asked for novels that: a) are Australian stories, and b) will get boys into reading. Two Wolves fits both of these bills perfectly. Ben is a relatable character and the story is so vivid I felt I was there. Genuinely tense and page turning without being violent or graphic, this will be going straight to the 'staff picks' wall in my shop. 5 out of 5 stars.' - Tayla Harrison, Collins Booksellers, Moonee Ponds.

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Amazon eBook here.
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An old man tells his grandson one evening that there is a battle raging inside him, inside all of us. A terrible battle between two wolves. One wolf is bad – pride, jealousy, greed. The other wolf is good – kindness, hope, truth. The child asks, ‘Who will win?’ 
The grandfather answers simply, ‘The one you feed.’ 






One afternoon, four police officers visit Ben Silver’s home. Minutes after they leave, his parents arrive. Ben and his little sister Olive are bundled into the car and told they’re going on a holiday. Which is weird, because Ben’s family never goes on holidays.

Things aren’t right and Ben knows it. His parents are on the run. So Ben and Olive are running, too.

Ben’s always dreamt of becoming a detective – his dad even calls him ‘Cop’ because he asks so many questions. Now Ben gathers evidence, jots notes and tries to uncover what his parents have done. The trouble is, if he figures it out, what does he do next? Tell someone? Or keep the secret and live life on the run?

What Bloggers & Educators Are Saying
'This engrossing novel captures the reader with the skill and narrative power of the descriptive writing, its intriguing plot, believable dialogue, family tensions, and Ben’s emotional and physical growth . . . Highly recommended for secondary readers as a gripping read, and for class discussion on many levels." - ChloĆ© Mauger, Magpies

'It's such a great book: well written, gripping, psychologically true and ethically complex. Fantastic characterisation (especially Ben & Olive, who is wonderfully well-drawn) and a truly exciting story. Loved it. I hope it sells by the truckload!’ - Judith Ridge, Westwords.

'While keeping the narrative exciting and fast-paced, Bancks poses moral dilemmas and choices which increase the depth and literary worth of the novel... Ben [is] flawed, realistic but a positive role-model for teen readers. - Joy Lawn, Boomerang Books.

'I predict that this will become a set novel in many secondary English and Media classrooms. Its sense of place, the action, the moral issues, the connections with other literature, its filmic potential – the list goes on. There are twenty pages of excellent teaching notes on the Random House website here.' - Megan Daley, Teacher-Librarian / Blogger at Children's Books Daily.

Sue Warren, TL / blogger: https://losangzopa.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/two-wolves-tristan-bancks/
Miffy Farquharson TL / blogger: http://miffyreviews.wordpress.com
Crew's Reviews: http://crewsreviews.edublogs.org/2014/01/22/loyalties-two-wolves/


'I loved reading Two Wolves! Thrilling, thought provoking & an adventure to boot. 
Well done - deserving of book cake.' - AJ Betts, author of Zac & Mia


‘A high stakes adventure that will keep you guessing and breathless until the very end. A moving family drama about the wild places of nature and the human heart, all rolled into one tense and powerful package.’ 
Michael Gerard Bauer, author of Don't Call Me Ishmael

4 comments:

Siboney Duff said...

Brilliant! Great blurb, love the cover, and the testimonials are fantastic! So excited about this book :-)

Tristan Bancks said...

Thanks Sib. Much appreciated. Looking forward to sending it out into the world.

Karen Keighery said...

Ben or Dan? p. 181
Incredibly I pulled up for the night on page 180. When I resumed, I felt momentarily confused as I was sure the main character was Ben! Dan's a great name, I wonder what the thinking is behind the name change?
Loved your book, such strong beginning to a story which just didn't let up. Thank you bringing to light, the two wolves Cherokee legend. I've already borrowed it in conversation to my son on choice and humanity generally. :)

Tristan Bancks said...

Hey Karen.

Yes, Dan! It slipped through after a thousand reads by me and another thousand by my editor. It's been changed for the re-print. Thanks for pointing out, just in case. The reason I changed it is that Dan/Dad, Dan/Dad throughout was confusing for my early readers, so I switched it. Was unsure at first but came to like 'Ben Silver' after a few weeks.

Thanks for the kind words, too. If you're on Goodreads or Amazon, love you to rate the book!

The two wolves quote is perfect, huh? Glad it's been useful.

Best,

Tristan.

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