Kids’ & Teen Book Tour Highlights 2019

Tristan Bancks Instagram Top 9 2019

2019 has been another big adventure in the world of kids’ and teen books. (My top 9 Insta pics for the year above. Mental note: puppies and babies much more popular than pictures of books. I’m considering opening a pet and baby supply barn just for Instagram purposes.)

I toured and met readers in Sydney, Northern NSW, Canberra, Melbourne, Geelong, Hobart, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Hong Kong and Singapore. And if you didn’t manage to make it along to an event, never fear because here are the highlights. I was particularly pleased this year with the reception for my new book, Detentionwhich explored some big ideas and sparked lots of interesting conversations.

I’ve just set off on a 4.5 month reading, writing, dreaming, creating adventure with my family through the US, UK, Europe and Vietnam and I’ll be sharing all the updates on Instagram, Twitter, FB & eNews.

 

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I was lucky enough to have the lovely Megan Daley @childrensbooksdaily launch my new book, Detention, last night at Somerset College on the Gold Coast thanks to @booklinksqldinc . Megan is an articulate and entertaining advocate for literacy. I’m currently reading her new book, Raising Readers. Here is some of what she said last night: ‘Detention is a raw and authentic exploration of human connection. An unlikely union, Dan and Sima are confronted with some life-altering decisions as they are thrown into a very dangerous situation. The novel challenges readers to think about the complexities of a world that deems what is ‘moral’ and what is ‘legal’ as being polar opposites. It is affirming in its representation of a younger generation able to grapple with such contradiction and to stand up for what is right, and leaves readers with a sense of optimism that things might one day change. Tristan’s writing is gripping, his characters are all-too real and his symbolic use of the Australian landscape is a powerful weapon he wields to make his readers look more closely at the world around them. In the classroom context, Detention is ideal for study in the 12-14 year age range. It has strong ties to the Australian Curriculum and its contemporary themes add a level of connection for both students and staff which will lead to discussion, debate and analysis.’

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The Morning Show. Talking reading, writing and Detention.

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Why would the ABC treat their guests this way? 😜 @abcme @piprasmussen #thepackdown

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Author talk. Sometimes I just get way too into the story. . Pic by @tempanydeckert

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See you on the road again in 2020!

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