Australian Author of Children’s Books and Teen Books: February 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

New Nit Story!

I'm on tour right now, brainstorming a new head lice story with kids around Australia. I seem to be obsessed with writing about those evil little mini-beasts and the brand new My Life book, My Life & Other Exploding Chickens has a new Lewis Snow / Nit Boy story in it.

I'd like to put a Nit Boy story in the next My Life book, too (out March 2017) and I'd love you to help me write it. Below you can see the ideas brainstormed at All Hallows CPS this morning. If you have an idea for my next nit story, leave a comment on this post or over on with your first name and I will be sure to thank you in the back of the book!

May the nits be with you!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Mac Slater Book Series

'A fun adventure with a couple of lovable klutzes, an annoying girl and only one winner. This book is a winner and sure to be a big hit with young people 10 and up.'


My Mac Slater action-adventure series has been re-jacketed and is re-released on 1 March! Mac Slater, Coolhunter was my first book in book stores and it's fun to see it re-booted. Very different to Two Wolves, probably a bit more My Lifewith tons of action, humour and wild inventions.


Mac Slater Coolhunter (Book one)

Mac Slater has just crashed the latest prototype of the flying bike he and his best friend Paul invented. Even worse, practically the whole school witnessed it.

So when the creators of massive global webspace Coolhunters offer Mac the chance to compete for a job hunting cool, Mac thinks they're crazy. I mean, Mac lives in a small town and he doesn't have a TV, let alone a mobile. But Tony and Speed say he's so uncool he's cool.

If Mac wants to win, he has one week to prove he has what it takes. And it turns out that finding the next big thing isn't easy – especially when he's pitted against Cat DeVrees, the most popular girl in school.

Does Mac really know what cool is? Or will he crash and burn?


  Buy a copy of Mac Slater Coolhunter, signed by the author Tristan Bancks

Mac Slater Imaginator (Book Two)

Mac Slater has discovered what he thinks is the coolest thing in New York City. Maybe even the world. But he's not allowed to tell a soul.

Imagine being offered an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City! It seemed like an impossible dream for Mac and his best friend, Paul. But they've just become coolhunters for a massively popular webspace and Mac is beyond excited. The catch: he has to find the Next Big Thing in NYC – or be sent home. Mac soon makes friends with Melody, an inventor with super-cool skates, who takes him to The Hive. It's an old boatshed where innovative kids are creating transport, sneakers and computer apps that are way more cutting edge than anything you can buy. And the Hive kids are about to test an invention that could change the world.

Mac's boss at Coolhunters is desperate for him to spill the beans, but Melody has sworn Mac to secrecy. He's found the coolest thing in NYC and he's not allowed to tell a soul!

Friends or fame. Which would you choose?


  Buy a copy of Mac Slater Imaginator, signed by the author Tristan Bancks

[US Mac Slater covers (Simon & Schuster)]

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What Bloggers, Booksellers, Kids and Educators Are Saying

'Reading Tristan Bancks is like jumping on a rollercoaster – fun, exciting and a bit dangerous, too. Where were books like this when I was a kid?’- John Boyne, New York Times Best-Selling Author, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

2012 YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults (American Library Association)

'I l-o-v-e love it. I have read it sooooo many times and can't get enough of it. I met the author at a kid workshop in toowong, Brisbane and he is awesome.' - Tricky Tom on iTunes.

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