By Tristan Bancks
A DARING ESCAPE
A SCHOOL LOCKDOWN
A THRILLING CHASE
WHAT WOULD YOU RISK TO SAVE A LIFE?
Sima and her family are pressed to the rough, cold ground among fifty others. They lie next to the tall fence designed to keep them in. The wires are cut one by one.
When they make their escape, a guard raises the alarm. Shouting, smoke bombs, people tackled to the ground. In the chaos Sima loses her parents.
Dad told her to run, so she does, hiding in a school and triggering a lockdown. A boy, Dan, finds her hiding in the toilet block.
What should he do? Help her? Dob her in? She’s breaking the law, but is it right to lock kids up? And if he helps, should Sima trust him? Or run?
This moment, these decisions, will change their lives.
2020 CBCA Book of the Year Younger Readers Notable Book
Australian Book Industry Awards Longlist
Recommended for ages 10+
Utterly believable. Felt like I was holding my breath from start to finish. Bancks champions the strength and decency of young people caught up in a harsh world not of their making.
Tense and taut, Detention will have you on the run, minute by minute, with Sima and Dan, making you ask: What would I do if this were me?