Accolades for Bangalow children's author

BANGALOW children's writer Tristan Bancks has been shortlisted for three awards in two Australian children's book prizes for this year.

The nominations relate to two of his books - his teen novel Two Wolves and his children's book My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up, all printed by Random House.

CAREER BOOST: Books by Bangalow author Tristan Bancks have been shortlisted for three children’s book awards.
CAREER BOOST: Books by Bangalow author Tristan Bancks have been shortlisted for three children’s book awards. Amber Melody

"I wasn't aware that the shortlisting came out on consecutive days, so I was really surprised that my books had been listed as notable books by the Children's Book Council," he said.

"I thought shortlisting for awards was something that happened to other writers."

Mr Bancks said Two Wolves took him five years to write.

"Two Wolves is focused on children from 10 years of age and up," he said.

"It's like the little brother to young adult novels. It's not too explicit and deals with issues that older kids face."

His other book shortlisted, My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up, is a book for younger children.

"It's a lot funnier and shorter, it's illustrated, and it doesn't deal with many issues," Mr Bancks said.

For the Bangalow writer, the exposure of being short-listed for two awards at the same time was a positive boost for his career.

"There is a six-month period from the shortlist to the winners being announced, which is great because the books will be in libraries, on display. People will be talking about the shortlisted books for six months," he said.

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NOMINATIONS

Shortlisted for the prestigious Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Awards for his teen novel Two Wolves (Random House 2014).

Shortlisted for the Young Australian Best Book Awards (YABBAs), for Two Wolves.

Shortlisted for the YABBAs for My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up (reprinted Random House 2014).

The winners of the 2015 CBCA Awards and YABBAs will be announced in August and October.