Review Blog

Apr 27 2009

The 10pm question by Kate De Goldi

cover image

Allen and Unwin, 2009. ISBN 978174175 735 4
(Age 11-14) Recommended. A cleverly written book ideal for adolescents, especially boys. Twelve year old Frankie is constantly afraid about the 'Ifs' of his life. He has a continuing internal dialogue with himself, made humorous by De Goldi's ability to paint a vivid and lively account of his family and friends who have wonderfully diverse and eccentric characteristics, especially the aunts. Frankie and his best friend Gigs speak chilun, an invented language, where they engage in hilarious conversations about other people while in their presence! Life changes for Frankie when Sydney joins the class. She, unlike all the other girls in his class and indeed in his school, has dreadlocks, can bowl well and has a way of asking Frankie unavoidable questions, which leads him to better understand himself and in turn his family understanding him. A perfect complementary book is Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli. The fascinating title entices the reader to begin.
Sue Nosworthy

BUY IT NOW ON booktopia
Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
CBCA shortlists 2017
2017 ABIA longlist
The Stella Prize shortlist for 2017
YA Book Prize 2017 shortlist
Reading Children's book prize shortlist
Indie Book Awards 2017
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 shortlist
School Library Association Information Book Award 2017
2017 UKLA Book Awards shortlists
International Children's Book Day 2nd April, 2017
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates