Review of Two Wolves – Tristan Bancks

Posted: January 25, 2015 in children, Review, young adult

Two wolves

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, jealousy, greed. The other wolf is good – kindness, hope, truth. The child asks, ‘Who will win?’ The grandfather answers simply, ‘The one you feed.’

Thirteen year old Ben Silver makes stop-motion movies and wants to be a detective when he grows up. One afternoon, police officers show up at his front door and minutes after they leave, his parents arrive home. Ben and his little sister Olive are hurriedly packed into the car and told they’re going on a holiday. They speed away to end up in a very basic cabin in a remote setting, miles away from anything.

Ben soon realises that his parents are in trouble and gathers evidence to figure out what his parents have done. After finding an old Indian quote written down in his grandfather’s notebook, he faces a tough choice. After figuring out what his parents have done, does he feed the wolf by keeping the secret and living life on the run?

The plot was tightly crafted and moved along at a brisk pace, with information revealing itself so you gradually figure out what’s going on. This book kept me guessing until the very end and has a good right or wrong lesson. A good read for teens.

Random House Australia

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan

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