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'Gripping and unpredictable, with a hero you won't forget.' - John Boyne, author of The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas

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 do? Tell someone? Or keep the secret and live life on the run?

WINNER, Young Australian Best Books Award (YABBA) - Fiction for Years 7-9, 2015
HONOUR BOOK, Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year - Younger Readers 2015
'A tense, hard-edged, no-holds-barred thriller.' Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider series
'A high stakes adventure that will keep you guessing and breathless until the very end.' Michael Gerard Bauer, author of Don't Call Me Ishmael


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.


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

A tense, hard-edged, no-holds-barred thriller.

Anthony Horowitz, author of the ALEX RIDER series

Suspense and fear make Ben feel like he’s living his own stop-action movie, and indeed his story has both the exciting pace and high stakes of a summer blockbuster.

Publishers Weekly

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

An edge of seat, gripping, tense novel . . . Tristan has a background in acting and filmmaking and this is immediately evident in Two Wolves as the reader is thrown straight into the action . . . The short, sharp sentences increase the sense of dread and urgency and the plot turns, then stops, then backtracks, then turns again – keeping readers on their toes and meaning there is little chance this book will be put down until the very last page has been turned.


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.com.au

It’s beautifully plotted and well told, with just the right amount of suspense.

Diana Sweeney (author of THE MINNOW), Daily Telegraph

This is an enthralling detective story . . . Ben and his little sister are taken on a wild ride as Ben tries to piece together what exactly it is his parents have done.

David Metzenthen, Daily Telegraph

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  • Paperback


    March 3, 2014

    Random House Australia Children's

    288 pages

    RRP $19.99

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    March 1, 2018

    Random House AU Audio Child

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  • EBook


    March 3, 2014

    RHA eBooks Child

    288 pages

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