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One afternoon, police officers show up at Ben Silver’s front door. Minutes after they leave, his parents arrive home. Ben and his little sister Olive are bundled into the car and told they’re going on a holiday. But are they?

It doesn’t take long for Ben to realise that his parents are in trouble. Ben’s always dreamt of becoming a detective – his dad even calls him ‘Cop’.
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Paperback, 271 pages
Published March 3rd 2014 by Random House Australia Pty Ltd (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jace
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ben's and Olives parents hastily drags the kid out of the house piratically kidnapping them. Ben is a different kid with vary few friends and he thinks much differently then most kids, he is vary creative it lets him push out the rest of the world. I really love this book it's constantly into the plot and it so exiting your always wanting to know what is going to happen next. One thing I didn't enjoy is how fast it get's into the plot, it's almost so fast its confusing but once you get a hold o ...more
Catherine
This latest novel by Tristan Bancks is different from his earlier humourous, light-weight books for younger teens. This story has a flawed protagonist - Ben is often unsure of what is going on, and accordingly makes decisions believable for a 13 year old. His father, (the anagonist) a menacing and unpredictable man drives this pacey and equally unpredictable story. Ben is a thinker and a wonderer and so there are several solid themes running through this book including the one on which the title ...more
Fleur Ferris
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. I highly recommend this for anyone 10 years and above. Loved it.
Steve lovell
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I could never quite see the attraction of those two enduring Aussie soaps, 'Neighbours' and 'Home and Away', although if you have the climate the Poms have to put up with I can see a reason for their adoration of them – a daily dose of Oz sunshiney-ness (yes, I know – not the right spelling. I just prefer the word that way) would bring light and colour to their dun world. It is, though, undoubtedly true that the twin mainstays of our early evening programming have provided an excellent breeding ...more
Miffy
Tristan Bancks latest book is an intense novel for younger readers. Ben is a chubby, thoughtful, insecure 13 year old. His world is filled with the escapism of online games and stop-animation film-making, where he controls the action. From the first chapter we can hear in Ben's voice that he is unsure about his family, can recognise that they are poor, and that there is an undercurrent of hopelessness and anxiety about his life.

One afternoon the police come to the Silver's front door, and Ben's
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Gaby
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Tried out this new release as I thought the kids may not have read it yet (in time for Literature Circles next term). Am quite excited as I think this story is perfect for the group of boys I will be working with. They like reading and discussing books but are very limited in the types of books they choose to read (we need to move beyond Diary of a Wimpy Kid). The story was fast-paced, the 13 year-old protagonist was relatable and there was just enough conflict with the charac ...more
K.
Trigger warnings: fat shaming, abusive parent, implied abusive relationship, animal cruelty, vomit.

3.5 stars.

I was super intrigued going into this one, because it's one of our highest circulating titles at work. And it was definitely a compelling story - I sped through the first 84 pages in about twenty minutes. And I read the rest of it in under an hour this morning. So it's incredibly fast paced.

But once they got to the cottage, the story definitely got less interesting for me. It reminded m
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kina
Jan 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Cracking story, beautifully written.
Regina Andreassen
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
2 stars even though I did not like it at all for it was poorly written and tedious! This is not usually a genre I read. Since it is considered ‘young adult fiction’, I should be more flexible and lower my expectations, thus, an extra star is probably fair.
Gaby Meares
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a gripping adventure/thriller suitable for young teens+. Our narrator, Sam, is likable, fiesty, and ultimately heroic (in the true sense of the meaning). He has to navigate a difficult journey, both physical and emotional, that requires him to mature well before his time. This a story about choices: the bad choices parents and grandparents have made, that could make it very easy for Sam to follow suit...and the choice that Sam ultimately makes. A great book, particularly for reluctant bo ...more
Charlotte
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. I read The Fall by the same author first and it was amazing, but this book engaged me to the point of staying in my pyjamas all day, just so I could finish it. The suspense in this book put me on the edge of my seat. ...more
Meg Lewis
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5
This book was ok but it wasn’t the best thing you can read.
Rosanne Hawke
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Ben Silver’s parents are crims. The story shows Ben’s journey of discovering this and trying to protect his sister. Although the concept of two wolves isn’t new, Ben’s internal struggle between being loyal to his parents and doing the right thing is thought provoking. Great characterisation: the dad was really bad and Ben’s internal struggle is shown well. The plot certainly sustains interest and there were great images and strong verbs. Although there were a few places where images were a littl ...more
Jimmi Jet
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two wolves is a gripping tale like no other. The complexity of the situation is humoured by Ben's younger sister Olive as she as she struggles to understand what is really going on. This book expresses many emotions all in one and is an adventure filled with action, a great book for someone who likes books that are hard to put down. ...more
sophie ✌
Oct 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Aaaaaahhhh this book was the death of me. It was soooooo bad. The plot twists were not really plot twists because they were so expected it’s not even funny. It was just like, ‘his parents are criminals, really? I never saw that coming. Their car was chased by police twice and there’s a mysterious bag of money hidden somewhere. Who would have thought?’
Christine
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
A well written realistic adventure. It began with Ben's family going on a sudden 'holiday' & initially Ben (who is 13) seems pretty naive about what's really going on. The second half was quite gripping. Recommended for Year 7 & above. ...more
Marj Osborne
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very well constructed novel with believable child characters. This is a step into new territory for Tristan and I loved it.
Molly
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favourite book ❤️❤️❤️
Blue
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was kinda of like watching a snail race on a path of salt
Debbie Smith
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two Wolves is a gripping and “high-stakes adventure story that will keep you guessing and breathless until the last page.” Michael Gerard Bauer, author of “Don’t Call Me Ishmael” and “Just a Dog”.

This powerful story seems simple on the surface, yet soon the reader is pulled into the world of its main character, Ben Silver and his family, and into some deep undercurrents that don’t necessarily happen in most families. From the very outset, the reader can feel the tension building and it’s not too
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Shane Harcombe
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think my favourite thing about the book is the "Two Wolves" quote on the cover & at the start of the novel. It is so true & too often we spend too much time "feeding" the wrong wolf. The Bible talks about it in terms of our sinful nature & our spiritual nature, and again we spend too much time feeding our sinful nature instead of focusing on the things above.

The story itself could have focused on this concept a little more. Ben ponders "what is me" and whether he is destined to be a good perso
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Katrina
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.’

Excellent Australian author delivers a suspense novel that holds both children and adults in a grip between right and wrong.

Great early thriller
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Two Wolves is a hard book for to write about. I honestly am confused by my feelings towards it. On one hand, I enjoyed the honest and sweet perspective of Ben but on the other hand, I was bored and could barely follow the dull and plodding plotline.

The writing is what made me tolerate reading this. It was kept simple as the protagonist is quite young, but it was filled with a raw honesty and innocence that worked quite well to
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TheMadHatter
I loved the little introductory page to this book based on an old proverb of unknown origin:

"An old man tells his grandson that there is a BATTLE raging inside him, inside all of us. A terrible battle between TWO WOLVES. One wolf is bad - pride, envy, jealousy, greed, guilt, self-pity. The other wolf is good - kindness, hope, love, service, truth, humility. The child asks "WHO WILL WIN?". The grandfather answers simply "THE ONE YOU FEED".

What a fabulous premise for a story and while the book w
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Heather
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
This ended up being a good, little survival story. I liked thirteen-year-old Ben, the main protagonist. He is insecure, a bit of a loner and a thinker, and when he grows up he wants to be a detective. After misgivings about his parents behaviour, he gathers evidence and slowly pieces together what they have done. This leads to unexpected consequences as Ben battles with moral and ethical decisions - choosing what is right or protecting one's family? Throughout the book Ben grows in strength phys ...more
Annmaree
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: year-6-books
"One afternoon, police officers show up at Ben Silver's front door. Minutes after they leave, his parents arrive home. Ben and his little sister Olive are bundled into the car and told they're going on a holiday. But are they? It doesn't take long for Ben to realise that his parents are in trouble. Ben's always dreamt of becoming a detective - his dad even calls him 'Cop'. Now Ben gathers evidence and tries to uncover what his parents have done.
The problem is, if he figures it out, what does he
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Linda Weeks
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Two Wolves is a story that intrigues the reader. No-one's actions are predictable, and it's never quite clear what might happen.

Why are Ben's parents taking him and his sister on 'holiday'? Why is it so rushed? Do they really have to stay in their grandfather's cabin? For how long? What about school? And their friends? And normal life?

And what is his dad really hiding? Can Ben's detective skills dig up any answers to all these questions? Or will he simply end up a 'chip off the old block', desti
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Sasha
This is a great read - aimed at older primary to younger secondary kids but well worth a read. The writing is clear and simple without being patronising. The protagonist of the story is 12 year old Ben Silver. A not very fit, prefers to make movies inside, average kid who has to decide between trusting his parents or trusting the evidence in front of him. The author doesn't play down how difficult it is to go against your parents - and makes the reader recognise that there is not a simple "right ...more
Melinda Szymanik
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well written, superbly paced, gut-wrenching, dramatic and exciting tale about 13 year old Ben who, along with his little sister Olive is whisked away by his parents after police visit the family home. What has happened? Why are they 'on the run'? Where, and how, will it end? A terrific tale of moral dilemmas and a fight for survival and finding strength against the odds. ...more
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Tristan Bancks tells stories for the page and screen. His books for kids and teens include Two Wolves, The Fall, Detention, the Tom Weekly series, and Nit Boy. Ginger Meggs, Tristan’s 100th anniversary book of short stories, is based on characters created by his great-great uncle, Jimmy Bancks, in 1921. His books have won and been shortlisted for many awards, including a Children’s Book Council of ...more

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