The 10 p.m. Question

The 10 p.m. Question

by Kate De Goldi


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Worry-prone Frankie keeps his family secret under control—until a bold, inquisitive girl enters his life—in this warm, witty, and captivating YA novel.

Twelve-year-old Frankie Parsons is a talented kid with a quirky family, a best friend named Gigs, and a voice of anxiety constantly nibbling in his head: Could that kidney-shaped spot on his chest be a galloping cancer? Are the smoke alarm batteries flat? Has his cat, The Fat Controller, given them all worms? Only Ma, who never leaves home, takes Frankie’s worries seriously. But then, it is Ma who is the cause of the most troubling question of all, the one Frankie can never bring himself to ask. When a new girl arrives at school—a daring free spirit with unavoidable questions of her own—Frankie’s carefully guarded world begins to unravel, leading him to a painful confrontation with the ultimate 10 p.m. question. Deftly told with humor, poignancy, and an endearing cast of characters, The 10 P.M. Question will touch everyone who has ever felt set apart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763649395
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,168,009
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

About the Author

Kate De Goldi is an award-winning writer of short fiction, novels, and picture books for readers ranging from young children to teens and adults. A New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate, she lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

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The 10 p.m. Question 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Franby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This started off gently and quirkily, but became something more than lightweight by the end. I had tears pricking my eyes in the final chapters, which must surely be a sign of writing that means something ... also loved the 'New Zealandness' of the book, it was there and I could pick up on it, but it wasn't too over-powering or try hard to put off a non-NZ audience.
jenbojkov on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I started this book, I hated it. I thought it was too slow and boring. However, I decided to follow my own advice :) and read at least three chapters before making up my mind whether or not to finish. I'm glad I perservered! This was a quietly, engrossing novel. The lead character and his idiosyncracies grow on you and after a few chapters, you really want to make sure he turns out ok.
elizardkwik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frankie isn't quite your typical twelve-year-old boy. Sure, he likes insulting people in the made up language he shares with his best friend, Gigs, scaring the neighbors' dog every morning on the way to school, and playing cricket, but he also worries. A lot. About diseases, the humidity, and most importantly, how his mother will survive if he ever needs to be away from home. Frankie tries to deal with his worries by visiting his mother's side of the bed every night at 10 pm, but there are some worries so big, Frankie has a hard time talking about them. With an interesting cast of characters that includes the Fat Controller (a cat), Uncle George (Frankie's father), the Aunties, Gordana (older sister who has 47 friends), and Sydney (the new girl in school who has dreadlocks and has lived in 22 different houses), this is a striking look at the world in which Frankie lives. Set in New Zealand and full of vibrant details and lingo, the writing transports the reader to its unique setting and paints a very realistic picture of family life, albeit a somewhat unusual family. Frankie and Gigs are quite interesting and intelligent characters, surrounded by a cast of extras whose characterizations perfectly balance between too much and too little detail. This is a story about best friends, school, protecting one's family, finding out the truth, questioning the world, and figuring out how to not let worry control your life. Akin to other books where meeting one person can change your whole perspective, this was a well-written book with enough literary quality to appeal to more scholarly readers and enough quirky characters to appeal to fans of oddity. Recommended to those who liked Stargirl (by Jerry Spinelli), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (by Mark Haddon), or even The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (by Alan Bradley).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in, her pokemon tired. She returns them to her pokeballs, then gives them to Nurse Joy for healing. -Beep beep boop boop beep- Nurse Joy gives the pokemon back, fully healed.
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KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
A short little read that was interesting, but just didn't hit me right. A story of a boy trying to find himself. He realizes that his family isn't perfect and how that affects who he is and will become. I can't pinpoint where exactly I didn't fall in love with this book - but for some reason, I just didn't enjoy. To keep it short and simple, I think there is an audience for it, but maybe not an adult female, maybe this book is more for a younger male audience - so I would send this book off to that group
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my middle school library. It's ok but I can't think of any students I REALLY should recommend it to. It's kinda dry in the middle and I think it's an example of reviewers who recommended it because they THINK students should like it. Personally, I don't think kids will care for it much.