The 10 P.M. Question

The 10 P.M. Question

By Kate De Goldi

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763649395, 245pp.

Publication Date: September 28, 2010


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.

About the Author
Kate De Goldi has published young adult novels, short fiction, and picture books. The 10 p.m. Question was awarded the New Zealand Post Book Award in both the young adult and general fiction categories. About the novel, she says, ?I wanted to write a book that explored profound personal difficulty amid the chaos of ordinary life, a book about sadness and loss and about fat, whiskey-swilling aunts, swimming pool phobia, exotic cakes, delinquent brothers, bird species, childish parents, cricket, bad-tempered sisters, cartoons, secret languages, pets with funny names. . . . I wanted to write about the complexity and hilarity in the everyday business of being human.? Kate De Goldi lives in Wellington, New Zealand.