Author(s): Kate De Goldi
Frankie Parsons is a worrier. Are the smoke alarm batteries dead? Does the cat have worms? Could that odd-shaped spot on his chest be cancer? What about bird flu?
Most of the people in Frankie's world--his father, his brother and sister, his great-aunts, his best friend--seem gloriously untroubled. Only Ma takes his catalog of persistent anxieties seriously; only Ma listens patiently to his 10 p.m. questions. But of course, it is Ma who is the cause of the most worrying question of all.
This extraordinary novel, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, with an impeccably drawn cast of characters, is the story of how one young boy's carefully controlled world unravels around him. Frankie's story will resonate with listeners of all ages.
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.