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A daring escape. A school lockdown. A thrilling chase. What would you risk to save a life?

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?

THIS MOMENT, THESE DECISIONS, WILL CHANGE THE COURSE OF THEIR LIVES.

Reviews

Tense and taut, Detention will have you on the run, minute by minute, with Sima and Dan, making you ask: What would I do if this were me?

Clare Atkins, author of BETWEEN US

Utterly believable. Felt like I was holding my breath from start to finish. With characters we care deeply about, Bancks champions the strength and decency of young people caught up in harsh world not of their making.

Mark Smith, author of THE ROAD TO WINTER

A thrilling, heartfelt page-turner enriched by probing social commentary, Detention is essential for opening and fuelling dialogue about the asylum seeker and refugee situation in Australia . . . Detention tackles big, important issues without lecturing or talking down to [the] reader. In a world filled with toxic ideologies and divisions, Tristan Bancks shows young people have the courage to rise up and demand equality for all; to fight for human rights and ignore the banal politicising. And its breakneck pace means it’s almost impossible to put down.

Simon McDonald, writtenbysime.com

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143791799

    July 2, 2019

    Puffin

    240 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • EBook

    9780143791805

    July 2, 2019

    Penguin eBooks

    240 pages

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