This youth fiction is quite different to others I have come across. I’m glad I read it to Mr 12 as it raises some interesting questions: most notably, what do you do when your parents have done something wrong?
Twelve-year-old Ben Silver’s parents rush back to their Sydney home one day, announce a snap-decision holiday and bundle him and his little sister Olive into the car. Hours are spent driving, a police car is evaded and eventually they come to an old deserted cabin of his grandfather’s. As Ben starts to think about what has happened it becomes clear to him that his parents are on the run.
The story took a few twists and turns I wasn’t expecting. Ben & his sister have to survive on their own in the bush for a while and in the end both of his parents have to choose which path to take. The title of the book is taken from a tale:
An old man tells his grandson that there is a battle raging inside him, inside all of us. A terrible battle between two wolves. One wolf is bad – pride, jealousy, greed. The other wolf is good – kindness, hope, truth. The child asks, ‘Who will win?' The grandfather answers simply, ‘The one you feed.' (on the back cover)
It is a good book to read and talk about character with your kids.