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.
From the bestselling author of Two Wolves, The Fall and Detention comes a riveting and suspenseful novel about a young boy forced to make some difficult choices.
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.
Tristan Bancks is known for his high-octane, middle-grade thrillers, and Cop and Robber is no different. I first read Bancks’ novel, Two Wolves, in 2014 and was instantly hooked. With a backlist consisting of both YA and kids’ novels, there are plenty of books to dive into once you’re finished with Cop and Robber.
When your dad is a criminal and your mum is a cop, life sure gets complicated. Nash struggles to come to terms with his parents’ differences, but his development and growth in the novel really stood out. I was surprised at how well Bancks handles the topic of crime for a middle-grade audience. This is a great book to bring to the classroom as it’s sure to create some brilliant discussions amongst students.
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+.