The 10PM Question

Author(s): Kate De Goldi

Middle Fiction

Frankie Parsons is twelve going on old man : an apparently sensible, talented Year 8 with a drumbeat of worrying questions steadily gaining volume in his head. 'Does the cat, and therefore the rest of the family, have worms?' 'Will bird flu strike and ruin life as we know it?' '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 10 p.m. 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 10 p.m. question. 

The 10pm Question is an award-winning novel which defies all age categories. It does so with a sparkling wit and an operatic cast of characters so delightful and maddening they become dear to us.


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Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Readers' Choice Award 2009

Overall Winner of New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards: Children's Book of the Year 2009

Winner of the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards: Senior Fiction 2009

Runner-up for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Fiction Category 2009

Shortlisted for Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Young Adult Fiction 2009 

Shortlisted for the Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers' Choice Award 2009

Shortlisted for LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Esther Glen Medal for Junior Fiction 2009

Kate De Goldi lives in Wellington. The 10 PM Question was the winner of the NZ Post Children's Book Award in 2009. She has won a number of accolades for other fiction, including the Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award and the Esther Glen Medal. Her book Clubs, illustrated by Jacqui Colley, won Book of the Year in the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards in 2005. In 2001, Kate was made a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate. The ACB With Honora Lee was published in 2012.

General Fields

  • : 9781877460203
  • : Random House New Zealand Ltd
  • : Longacre Press
  • : September 2008
  • : 210x140mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kate De Goldi
  • : Modern fiction
  • : 252
  • : 823.2
  • : Paperback