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The 10PM Question

The 10PM Question

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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 catalogue of persistent anxieties seriously; only Ma listens patiently to his 10pm questions. But of course it is Ma who is the cause of the most worrying question of all.

In a novel first published in the UK in 2010, New Zealand literary great Kate De Goldi creates deploys her renowned wit and sensitivity to track how one young boy's carefully controlled world unravels around him. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, this is a story which resonates even more strongly now than when it first came out.

B-format paperback (297 x 198mm); 320pp; suggested age range 12+ (Frankie is 12)

Themes: neurodiversity, anxiety, agoraphobia, coming-of-age, friendship, family

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