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The Ten pm Question


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The Ten pm Question by Kate De Goldi

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Frankie Parsons has a rather large, quirky family. Until now they've been the centre of his universe. Their small daily rituals, their funny habits, even their smells are part of Frankie's safe and richly coloured haven. In year 8, when he's twelve years old, Frankie's view of his world begins to change. There's a new arrival at school - a dredlocked girl called Sydney who becomes perplexingly fascinating to him. She even starts to draw him away from his best friend, Gigs. Yet this inquisitive new friend disturbs with her Questions; she says what she means. Frankie's an intelligent boy; he's fascinated by any number of topics: he loves wordplay and his COD (Concise Oxford Dictionary), and is something of an expert on birdlife. Yet he's increasingly feeling anxious about everything. He has a list of Contagious Infectious Diseases and a bird flu kit. He worries about the probability of earthquakes, terrorism and global warming. He worries that blowing a sustained forte on the trombone may trigger a brain haemorrhage, but most worrying to him is Ma. The Ten PM Question is a brilliantly funny, poetic and tender novel. While highly entertaining, it also explores difficult terrain; that of preparing children for a complicated and often frightening world. Combining wrenching emotional moments with playful energy Kate De Goldi has written a pitch perfect, exceptional story for readers of all ages.


Montana Book Awards Readers' Choice winner 2009
New Zealand Post overall Book of the Year Award winner 2009
New Zealand Post Young Adult Ficion category winner 2009

Author Biography

Kate De Goldi is a writer, broadcaster and a prominent children's book reviewer. She is the author of seven books - three picture books, an adult novel and three young adult novels. Sanctuary, a young adult novel, won the NZ Post Senior Fiction Award in 1999, and Closed, Stranger won an Honour Award the following year. Clubs, illustrated by Jacqui Colley, won the NZ Post Book of the Year Award in 2005 as well as the LIANZA Russell Clark Award. Kate was an Arts Foundation Laureate in 2001. She reviews children's books regularly with Kim Hill on National Radio.
Release date NZ
September 26th, 2008
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Longacre Press
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