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Tristan Bancks is a children’s and teen author with a background in acting and filmmaking. He is the great great nephew of Gindge Meggs writer and illlustrator, J. C. Bancks

His books include the My Life series of semi-autobiographical short stories; Mac Slater (Australia and US); Two Wolves (On the Run in the US); and The Fall.

Two Wolves won Honour Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards. It also won the YABBA and KOALA Children’s Choice Awards. The Fall has also attracted a number of award nominations and shortlistings since its 2017 publication.

Bancks has been a writer-ambassador for world-changing literacy charity Room to Read.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2018 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Development Grants Individuals and Groups


Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Detention Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2019 16885223 2019 single work novel young adult

'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?


2020 winner YABBA Fiction Years 7-9
2020 winner KOALA Awards Fiction for Years 7-9
2020 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Children's Book Award
2020 shortlisted REAL Awards Fiction for Years 7-9
2020 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
2020 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Older Children
2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
y separately published work icon The Fall North Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2017 11203953 2017 single work novel children's thriller

'In the middle of the night, Sam is woken by angry voices from the apartment above. He goes to the window to see what’s happening – only to hear a struggle, and see a body fall from the sixth-floor balcony. Pushed, Sam thinks. Sam goes to wake his father, Harry, a crime reporter, but Harry is gone. And when Sam goes downstairs, the body is gone, too. But someone has seen Sam, and knows what he’s witnessed. The next twenty-four hours could be his last.' (Publication Summary)

2019 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Older Readers
2018 winner KOALA Awards Fiction for Years 7-9
2018 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Eight to 10 Years
2018 winner YABBA Fiction Years 7-9
2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Older Readers
2018 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Award for Children's Literature
y separately published work icon My Life and Other Massive Mistakes North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2015 8080665 2015 selected work short story

'This book is 100% gluten free, 100% fat free, 100% organic and 35% fact free. It has no added sugar and contains absolutely NO NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS AT ALL! May contain traces of NUTS!

'Have you ever helped your pop escape from a nursing home? Does your teacher have a problem with his bowels? Is your sister an evil genius and criminal mastermind? Have you ever mined your teeth for cash? Do you want to know where all the lost socks go? Is there a girl or boy at school who's in love with you and wants to kiss you? And do you know anyone with the worst case of nits in world history?

'I do. I'm Tom Weekly and this is the third book in my life story. Welcome to my weird, funny, sometimes kinda gross adventures.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted REAL Awards Fiction for Older Readers
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