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  • Published: 5 July 2022
  • ISBN: 9781761045943
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $17.99

Cop and Robber




A new nailbiter from the bestselling author of Two Wolves, The Fall and Detention.

"Make sure you start this well before bedtime because you wont want to stop." Morris Gleitzman


If your mum was a cop and your dad was a crim who needed your help to commit a crime, would you do it to save him? At what cost?

Nash Hall's dad is a criminal who just can't seem to go straight. He wants Nash to help him commit a robbery. A big one. The trouble is, Nash's mum is a cop. And the robbery is at Nash's school. But Dad owes a lot of money to some very dangerous people and if Nash doesn't help him do the job, it could cost both their lives.

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Praise for Tristan Bancks:

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

'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


Also by Tristan Bancks:
Scar Town
Two Wolves
The Fall
Detention
Cop and Robber
Ginger Meggs
Nit Boy
Mac Slater 1: Coolhunter
Mac Slater 2: Imaginator
Tom Weekly 1: My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up
Tom Weekly 2: My Life and Other Stuff That Went Wrong
Tom Weekly 3: My Life and Other Massive Mistakes
Tom Weekly 4: My Life and Other Exploding Chickens
Tom Weekly 5: My Life and Other Weaponised Muffins
Tom Weekly 6: My Life and Other Failed Experiments

  • Published: 5 July 2022
  • ISBN: 9781761045943
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $17.99

About the author

Tristan Bancks

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, Nit Boy and Ginger Meggs, a 100th anniversary book of short stories based on characters created by his great-great uncle, Jimmy Bancks, in 1921. Tristan's books have won and been shortlisted for many awards, including a Children's Book Council of Australia Honour Book, the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, ABIA, YABBA, KOALA, NSW Premier's Literary Awards and Queensland Literary Awards. His latest book is Cop and Robber, a tense, fast-paced crime novel with lots of laughs for age 10+.

Tristan is a writer-ambassador for literacy non-profit Room to Read. He is currently working with producers to develop a number of his books for the screen. He's excited by the future of storytelling and inspiring others to create. You can find out more about Tristan’s books, play games, watch videos, join his Young Writer's StorySchool and help him try to change the world at tristanbancks.com.

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Praise for Cop and Robber

This fast-paced edge of your seat thriller has suspense and action by the bucket load, but because this is Tristan Bancks writing you get much more than cheap thrills . . . Tristan uses humour as well as conflict to add light and shade to his story. He uses Nash’s dilemma to explore complex themes of loyalty, love, honesty, and especially forgiveness. This makes it such a satisfying and memorable read, but beware, once you start it you will drop everything until you’ve finished it.

Mia Macrossan, Story Links

‘From the heart-racing opening scene at the petrol station to the explosive conclusion, Cop and Robber is a gripping middle-grade novel that delivers powerful action scenes and complex questions about family and loyalty . . . If you loved the Alex Rider or Conspiracy 365 series, this is right up your alley. With electrifying action and brilliant characters, Cop and Robber is a stellar middle-grade novel for ages 10+.

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Awards & recognition

KOALA Children's Choice Awards

Winner  •  2023  •  Fiction for Years 7-9

YABBA Children's Choice Awards

Winner  •  2023  •  Fiction for Years 7-9

Indie Book Awards

Shortlisted  •  2023  •  Young Adult

Reading and Enjoying Australian Literature (R.E.A.L.)

Shortlisted  •  2023  •  Fiction for Years 7-9

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A new nailbiter from the bestselling author of Two Wolves. If your mum was a cop and your dad was a crim who needed your help to commit a crime, would you do it to save him? At what cost? Nash Hall's dad is a criminal who just can't seem to go straight. He wants Nash to help him commit a robbery. A big one. The trouble is, Nash's mum is a cop. And the robbery is at Nash's school. But Dad owes a lot of money to some very dangerous people and if Nash doesn't help him do the job, it could cost both their lives. Order your copy here - https://www.penguin.com.au/books/cop-and-robber-9781761045943

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