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The 10 pm question / Kate De Goldi.

By: De Goldi, Kate, 1959-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: New Zealand Bestsellers List: Publisher: Dunedin, N.Z. : Longacre Press, 2008Description: 251 pages.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781877460203.Other title: 10pm question | Ten pm question.Subject(s): Montana New Zealand Book Awards winners | Families -- Fiction | Friendship -- Fiction | Adolescence -- Fiction | Families -- Juvenile fiction | Friendship -- Juvenile fiction | Adolescence -- Juvenile fiction | Young adult fiction, New Zealand | Families -- Teenage fiction | Friendship -- Teenage fiction | Adolescence -- Teenage fiction | Young adult fiction | Families -- Teen fiction | Friendship -- Teen fiction | Award winners | New Zealand fiction -- 21st century | Family Juvenile fiction | Friendship -- Comic books, strips, etc | Adolescence Juvenile fiction | Friendship -- Young adult fiction | Adolescence -- Young adult fictionGenre/Form: Young adult fiction, New Zealand. | Teenage fiction, New Zealand. | Teen fiction. DDC classification: DEG Awards: New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults, 2009: Young adult fiction. | New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults, 2009: Book of the year. | Montana New Zealand Book Awards, 2009: Readers' choice. | New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2009 Young Adult Fiction Winner. | Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2009 Readers' Choice Winner. | Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2009 Fiction Runner-Up. | Montana New Zealand Book Awards, 2009: 1) Fiction -- Runner up. 2) Reader's Choice Award.Summary: Twelve-year-old Frankie Parsons has rather large, quirky family. Until now they've been the centre of his universe, but now 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. Suggested level: secondary.
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Item type Current location Collection Call number Copy number Status Date due Barcode Item holds
Teenage Fiction Davis (Central) Library
Teenage Fiction
Teenage Fiction DEG 4 Checked out 12/08/2021 T00486927
Total holds: 0

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

"Published around the world to great acclaim. A tender, beautifully told, award-winning novel by New Zealand's most loved writer for children. Frankie Parsons is twelve going on old man- an apparently sensible, talented boy with a drumbeat of worrying questions steadily gaining volume in his head. Are the smoke alarm batteries flat? Does the cat, and therefore the rest of the family, have worms? Is the kidney-shaped spot on his chest actually a galloping cancer? Most of the significant people in Frankie s world his father, his brother and sister, his great-aunts, his best friend Gigs seem gloriously untroubled by worry. Only Ma takes seriously his catalogue of persistent anxieties; only Ma listens patiently to his 10pm queries. But of course, it is Ma who is the cause of the most worrying question of all, the one that Frankie can never bring himself to ask. Then the new girl arrives at school and has questions of her own- relentless, unavoidable questions. So begins the unravelling of Frankie Parson s carefully controlled world. So begins the painful business of fronting up to the unpalatable- the ultimate 10pm question. The 10pm Question is an award-winning novel

Twelve-year-old Frankie Parsons has rather large, quirky family. Until now they've been the centre of his universe, but now 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. Suggested level: secondary.

New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults, 2009: Young adult fiction.

New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults, 2009: Book of the year.

Montana New Zealand Book Awards, 2009: Readers' choice.

New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2009 Young Adult Fiction Winner.

Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2009 Readers' Choice Winner.

Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2009 Fiction Runner-Up.

Montana New Zealand Book Awards, 2009: 1) Fiction -- Runner up. 2) Reader's Choice Award.

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Reviews provided by Syndetics

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-8-Aside from being a nervous wreck and hypochondriac, 12-year-old Frankie thinks his life in New Zealand is pretty normal. He and his friend Gigs love cricket, swimming, and making up their own language. When a new girl enters his class, though, he begins to question everything. Sydney is a carefree soul who has been in 22 schools because her mother moves a lot. She is loud, doesn't care what others think of her, and is constantly asking questions. As he gets to know her, Frankie learns that Sydney's mother may be a prostitute who leaves Sydney oftentimes alone to care for her younger siblings. This infuriates him and also forces him to think about his own unusual home life, which includes his mother having not left the house in nine years. Although rather slow moving in the beginning, this is an interesting and thoughtful coming-of-age story. What starts as a Stargirl-like character coming between the friendship of two boys becomes a moving tale about the challenges of family life and being different. The book is highly descriptive and a great deal of it is made up of Frankie's memories, which establish his character and give readers insight into his life. They will not only feel his anxiety, but also understand where it comes from. Each chapter ends with nightly discussions between him and his mother, which are both telling and rather beautiful. Ultimately, he is able to come to terms with and appreciate his family and learn that life can be good, even if it's not perfect.-Kerry Roeder, The Brearley School, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Twelve-year-old Frankie dreams of having his best friend Gigs' worry-free disposition. But in his family, Frankie feels like he is the only one who bothers doing the thinking about everything from grocery lists to smoke-alarm batteries, and nothing seems to quiet his internal rodent voice . . . the perpetual bearer of unpalatable facts, once it gets rolling. Then irrepressible tomboy Sydney arrives at school and befriends Frankie almost against his will. Prompted by her brash charm, Frankie begins to follow Sydney's book of wacko etiquette and, for once, talk straight and tough about family mysteries, beginning with the most obvious and avoided question: Why does Ma never leave the house? An award-winning best-seller in New Zealand, where it was published in 2008, De Goldi's novel is an achingly poignant, wryly comic story of early adolescence that invites comparisons to works by authors as varied as Lynne Rae Perkins, Nick Hornby, and J. D. Salinger. Nearly every character, from Frankie's cheerfully sardonic teacher to the trio of pillowy, cigar-smoking aunties who give him sanctuary, is a loving, talented, unforgettable eccentric whose dialogue, much like De Goldi's richly phrased narration, combines heart-stopping tenderness with perfectly timed, deliciously zany humor. Readers from early teens through adults will be drawn to this beautifully nuanced, unsentimental view of family life, friendship, the heroic requirements of growing up, and the rewards of speaking the unspeakable out loud.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2010 Booklist

Horn Book Review

Twelve-year-old Frankie is the anxious youngest son in a quirky, loving, extended family whose rich culture of jokes, private language, and rituals cannot quite compensate for the elephant in the room: Frankie's mother's agoraphobia, a condition that is never named. A new friend, the bold and outspoken Sydney, a girl with her own family issues, opens Frankie up to the possibility of change and the delicate hint of romance. "Frankie felt extra alert when he was with her, as if he were passing through some rogue force field." This New Zealand import is a plum-pudding of a book -- witty, delightfully rambling, borderline grotesque in the Polly Horvath mode, iconoclastic (Sydney loves Frankie's great-aunts: "But they're so funny. And so fat. It must be so satisfying looking at them"; Great-aunt Alma says to Frankie at his lowest point: "It's times like these, you really need to be able to smoke...Smoking is such a good thought-gatherer"), and deeply moving in its portrait of an overly responsible child picking his way along the edge of adolescence. sarah ellis (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Book Review

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