‘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

Honour Book, CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2015

Winner, KOALAYABBA 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

‘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.’ 

– Unknown source


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?

Recommended for ages 10+

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What Bloggers, Booksellers & Educators Are Saying

‘A tense, hard-edged, no-holds-barred thriller.’ – Anthony Horowitz author of the Alex Rider series

‘The novel was perfect – praise I rarely give, in fact – taut, empathic and of a depth very rarely seen for that age group of boys in particular.’ – Marj Osborne, Teacher-Librarian / Blogger

‘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 relateable 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

‘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

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‘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