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Published around the world to great acclaim. A tender, beautifully told, award-winning novel by New Zealand's most loved writer for children.

Published around the world to great acclaim. A tender, beautifully told, award-winning novel by New Zealand's most loved writer for children.

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? 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.

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781877460203

    September 26, 2008

    Longacre Child

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  • EBook

    9781877460531

    May 1, 2010

    RHNZ Children’s ebooks

    252 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • Montana New Zealand Book Awards
    2009
    Winner
    Readers' Choice Award
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Award
    2009
    Winner
    Book of the Year
  • Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction Award
    2009
    Awarded
    Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction
  • Montana New Zealand Book Awards
    2009
    Runner-up
    Montana Medal for Fiction

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Love, Charlie Mike
Closed, Stranger
From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle
The ACB With Honora Lee

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The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK12)
Undercover Princess
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Two Wolves
Our Australian Girl: The Lina Stories
Juliet, Nearly a Vet collection 1
Our Australian Girl: The Rose Stories
Our Australian Girl: The Poppy Stories
Everything, Everything
I Just Couldn't Wait to Meet You
Alice-Miranda At School 1
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Midnight Jewel
Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator
Trash
The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid
Wonder
Thirteen Reasons Why
The Witches