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The 10pm Question (MP3)
Written by:
Kate de Goldi 
Read by:
Stig Wemyss 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
8 hours 24 minutes 
MP3 size:
365 MB 
August 01 2011 
Available Date:
August 01 2011 
Age Category:
Young Adult (13+) 
Fiction; Young Adult Fiction 
Bolinda audio 
Bolinda price
AUD$ 29.95
AUD$ 29.95

International bestseller

Winner AudioFile Earphones Award 2009
Longlisted Dublin IMPAC Award 2009
Shortlisted Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award 2009
Winner NZ Post Book Awards for Children & Adults / Young Adult Fiction 2009
Shortlisted LIANZA Esther Glen Award 2009
Selected USBBY (United States Board of Books for Young People) / Outstanding International Books List 2011

"A most memorable and satisfying read enhanced by wonderful, witty writing. Highest recommendation."
Reading Time

"In Kate de Goldi's sensitive, vital and hilarious novel, Frankie and the reader walk hand in hand through pages that gleam with hope and humour."
Ursula Dubosarsky

A warm, surprising, real and intelligent novel you will fall in love with.

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? 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 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 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.

"A truly special book. Kate de Goldi's dazzling writing will break your heart and make you wonder, marvel and laugh all at once."
Agnes Nieuwenhuizen

"This is a little gem of a novel. It is really unique and quirky."

'The 10pm Question is a highly original, moving and entrancing book with an entertaining surface and a deep consideration of serious themes from the point of view of a 12-year-old. I don't know if you are really allowed, or able, to say this about many books, but I think this one is perfect.'
The Guardian

"Frankie Parsons is not your average Kiwi kid. He's 12, but he frets – every disease is lurking, the cat could have worms, and the smoke alarm may be out of batteries. And his mother hasn't gone outside for years. Frankie's life begins to spin out of control when he meets Sydney, the new girl at school. Australian narrator Stig Wemyss gives a superb performance. His tone and enthusiasm maximize the humor and are pitch-perfect for voicing kids. Frankie and his cricket-mad best friend, Gigs, have their own invented language, which Wemyss makes believable and funny. Everyone inhabiting Frankie's world is a joy to hang out with, thanks to Wemyss, especially Frankie's crazy fat aunties who come to dinner twice a month."
AudioFile Magazine