On the Run

‘On The Run 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

‘A tense, hard-edged, no-holds-barred thriller. Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider series)

Honour Book, CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2015

Winner, KOALA & YABBA Children’s Choice Book Awards 2015
Shortlisted, Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards


Top 10 Aus YA Novel 2013-14           Top 10 YA Book of the Year

– Nielsen Bookscan                                – Booktopia



On the Run (Farrar Straus Giroux, 17 November 2015), the US edition of my middle-grade mystery novel published in Australia as Two Wolves.





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?


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Buy a copy of On The Run, signed by the author Tristan Bancks







5 Things I Learned While Writing On the Run

5 Books That Influenced the Writing of On the Run

On the Run Vision Board

On the Run Book Soundtrack

Behind-the-Scenes on On the Run – How it Was Written

A Post on My Two Wolves / On the Run Writing Retreat at Varuna The Writer’s House


What Reviewers, Bloggers & Educators Are Saying:


‘Ben is a well-developed, sympathetic character, grappling with a cruel father, weight problems, and evolving confusion about his place in his family, with age-appropriate confusion and insecurity.

This is a story that will appeal to avid consumers of adventure stories and reluctant readers alike.’

Jenna Lanterman, School Library Journal

‘Has both the exciting pace and high stakes of a summer blockbuster.’

Publisher’s Weekly

‘Bancks’s third-person narrative works effectively in
lacing the propulsive survival story with the ethical questions young Ben ponders.
If his father (and grandfather) were criminals, Ben wonders, what kind of person
does that make him? “Is it possible to outrun the blood you have inherited, to
become somebody else?” A satisfying story that will pull readers in and get them
thinking about big ideas.’ – The Horn Book

‘In On the Run, a dramatic page-turner by Australian actor-turned-writer Tristan Bancks (Mac Slater series), young readers will find both action and psychological thrills as Ben comes of age abruptly and irrevocably.’ – Emilie Coulter, Shelf Awareness

‘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.” – Chloé 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.


‘I’m a huge fan of Tristan Bancks’s Mac Slater books and was excited to read his new one – it doesn’t disappoint. Two Wolves is a fantastic, suspenseful novel for readers aged 11 and up, and a book that will keep them reading well into the night!’ – Katherine Dretzke, Readings Books, Hawthorn


The Kids’ Bookshop: http://www.thekidsbookshop.com.au/9780857982032

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

Special thanks to Catherine Drayton, Sophie Hamley, Zoe Walton, Kimberley Bennett, Margaret Ferguson and Susan Dobinick for their editorial support, advice and assistance throughout the development of this book.



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