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The 10pm Question by Kate De Goldi

The 10pm Question (2008)

by Kate De Goldi

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This book was ok, I have to admit, it confused me a bit with. I enjoyed the ending and how things tied in together eventually. ( )
  gma2lana | May 9, 2016 |
welve-year-old Frankie Parsons has a quirky family, a wonderful best friend, and a head full of worrying questions that he shares with his mother each night, but when free-spirited Sydney arrives at school with questions of her own, Frankie is forced to face the ultimate ten p.m. question. Summary BPL

I read THE 10 PM QUESTION primarily to help me understand the author's most recent book, THE ACB WITH HONORA LEE. A more conventional coming-of-age story aimed, or so my local library indicates, at Grade 6 to 8, THE 10 PM QUESTION describes the toxic trajectory (A curve that cuts all of a given family of curves or surfaces at the same angle) of anxiety. Frankie's mother is agoraphobic. The family accommodates her needs but it is almost taboo to speak about her condition. Frankie's own anxiety demands that he go to his mother's room every night with a worry she must resolve: the 10 pm question. At 12 years of age, he is questioning her way of life and growing increasingly troubled he might become like her. The Parsons' lives revolve around routine, stability, control.

Newcomer Sydney had attended 22 different schools by the age of 12. Her life is characterized by change and challenge. She doesn't expect to stay long in town which is probably for the best: home-made, hand-made funky clothes and dreds single her out as different at school. Most students avoid her, including Frankie and his best friend Gigs. Sydney refuses to be excluded and Frankie goes from being afraid of her to teaching her his secret language (this would be fun to hear in the audiobook version when it comes out) and eventually to falling in love with her. Both teens have problems at home: becoming friends and opening their hearts to one another, each finds the support to question, to discern, to envision the future in a positive light.
Frankie and Sydney are lovable, believable, delightful characters who make me want to meet their creator. Kate De Goldi strikes me as a person of empathy, positivity and with a profound love of language.

THE 10 PM QUESTION presents a gentle view of a condition not uncommon among teens nor adults. For this reason, it is an important as well as beautiful book.

8 out of 10 Highly recommended. ( )
  julie10reads | Apr 28, 2014 |
This had been on my wish list for several years, and I recently got it and read it quickly. I found the characters very engaging and real, and found myself missing their company today. Frankie Parsons is definitely a rare bird. A close to perfect young adult novel! ( )
  camnini | Apr 24, 2014 |
In every junior high school class there is a boy — and if he’s very lucky, he’ll have a partner in crime — who is sensitive, intelligent, nerdy and innocent, even beyond his years. He cares deeply about his family and things affect him.

This is Kate de Goldi’s main character, Frankie Parsons, who asks his mother a deeply troublesome question every night at bedtime. You may know a Frankie yourself. He has a love of words, and has even made up a secret language with his best friend (the language is called Chilun) and he hears a constant ‘rodent voice’ which annoys him constantly by rattling away in his head about his daily worries. If you’re familiar with Kate de Goldi’s (actual) voice from her Radio New Zealand slot on Saturday Morning With Kim Hill, you’ll recognise her sense of humour in Frankie and you’ll also recognise that Frankie shares de Goldi’s love of language and literature...

Read the rest here.

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  LynleyS | Feb 8, 2014 |
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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.
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Twelve-year-old Frankie Parsons has a quirky family, a wonderful best friend, and a head full of worrying questions that he shares with his mother each night, but when free-spirited Sydney arrives at school with questions of her own, Frankie is forced to face the ultimate ten p.m. question.… (more)

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