Started, The 10PM Question

This is a book by a New Zealand author but got a lot of local publicity here when it was published. I admit I didn’t take a lot of notice at the time (I don’t read nearly enough NZ fiction, mostly because the majority of NZ fiction isn’t written in a style or genre that appeals to me). But it’s been coming back on my radar lately, I think because it’s been published overseas reasonably recently. Like so many books, it sat in the back of my mind as “something I should read some day”.

That day turned out to be today. Yesterday, I was browsing the Overdrive Library Catalogue for the Auckland libraries and this popped up as a book that could be borrowed. I put in a request for it and was very surprised to get a notification email this morning to say that it was now available for download.

Download it I did. On the spot. Our library hasn’t offered ebooks for very long, so their catalogue is still fairly limited (about 2000 titles in all I think) but it’s growing all the time. I like being able to borrow a book instead of buy it, but still be able to read it in my preferred format.

I’ll be going back to finish the Fionavar Tapestry very soon, but as is so often the case with middle books in trilogies, The Wandering Fire ended with everything going to pot as the Dark is about to unleash all it’s evil on those of the Light. I’m going for a lighter, YA break, before going back to read about more brightness and pain.

The 10PM Question

Twelve-year-old Frankie Parsons is a talented kid with a quirky family, a best friend named Gigs, and a voice of anxiety constantly nibbling in his head: Could that kidney-shaped spot on his chest be a galloping cancer? Are the smoke alarm batteries flat? Has his cat, The Fat Controller, given them all worms? Only Ma, who never leaves home, takes Frankie’s worries seriously. But then, it is Ma who is the cause of the most troubling question of all, the one Frankie can never bring himself to ask. When a new girl arrives at school–a daring free spirit with unavoidable questions of her own–Frankie’s carefully guarded world begins to unravel, leading him to a painful confrontation with the ultimate 10 p.m. question. Deftly told with humor, poignancy, and an endearing cast of characters, THE 10 P.M. QUESTION will touch everyone who has ever felt set apart.

Worry-prone Frankie keeps his family secret under control–until a bold, inquisitive girl enters his life–in this warm, witty, and captivating YA novel.


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