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The Eleventh Question

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The first ten questions have already been asked. Who will ask the eleventh?

Fifteen-year-old Arista McGregor is in trouble - she is being bullied at school, her mother is put into rehab and she is sent to live with a foster carer. The foster carer is a vet and Arista isn’t what you would call an animal lover, in fact she’s terrified of the things. Like any teenager she asks
Paperback, 203 pages
Published October 20th 2012
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Tiffany Loves Books
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
It all starts with "Who am I?"

It is the Seer and her Ayudante's job to oversee those who have the potential to ask the eleventh question. The idea is that since the beginning of mankind, humans have questioned their existence and purpose. To first time each question was asked, it led to consciousness and a paradigm shift across the face of the Earth. Each potential unknowingly starts from the first question ever asked and work through the ten. The eleventh question has never been asked and no
I will admit, I wasn't really sure what to expect with this one. Now that I've finished the book, I'm still not 100% sure what it is I read.

You get to meet Arista the 15 year old girl who is mentioned in the blurb of the book. This part of the story is about self-discovery, dealing with emotional and physical attack, bullying and abuse. It does, despite this rather dark shadow, end up portraying a very positive story of overcoming fears, being more aware of your surroundings and seeing the posi
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie, philosophy
As part of my resolution to read more indie novels this year, I picked up The Eleventh Question by fellow blogged, Dianne Grey, and did not regret it once. A short and easy read, this novel tells the story of Arista, a teenager with a less-than-idea living situation, who goes through the eleven stages of enlightenment through a series of events that test her and make her ponder the true meaning of life, while in the background a Seer and her apprentice observe her and go through a journey of the ...more
T.W. Dittmer
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"The Eleventh Question" by Dianne Gray pulled me in from the beginning. It's that kind of story.

In Australia, fifteen-year-old Arista is being bullied at school and on Facebook. She was bitten by a dog and is terrified of them. Her mother is an alcoholic in an abusive relationship.

In another world, a "Seer" and her apprentice watch Arista try to cope with these problems. At critical junctures, Arista asks the questions. "Who am I?" "Why am I here?" "What happens after death?"

The story line switc
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, loved it, loved it. I admit, I tried this book because it was a freebie written by another WordPress blogger whose posts I enjoyed... Within the first chapter of The Eleventh Question, I was hooked. I tried so hard to eke out the chapters and my enjoyment so it lasted but I have to admit I caved, and spent a dreary Saturday morning in bed consuming the rest of the book in one go, like a packet of Tim Tams... Oh no... and then like a packet of magic Tim Tams, the good news right at the ...more
Anna Graham
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this and could not put it down; Arista struggles with bullies and an alcoholic mother, while a young man realizes, but is helpless to ease her pain. Gray’s mix of fantasy and present-day actions heighten the tension, leaving this reader dying to know the eleventh question. I was quite pleased with the results. Highly recommended.
Putri Utaminingtyas
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
awesome! can't stop reading this book till the end
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have now read two of Gray's novels and I love her style. She writes stories that are impossible to put down, but also make you think about the world we live in and the possibilities that abound. Lovely. The Eleventh Question is about a girl, Arista, who is being bullied in school and, in a way, at home as well. Her mother drinks to excess and likes to gamble, but is also grasping at things to believe in, things to make herself feel complete and a part of something. Either through religion or t ...more
Dan Thompson
I am a huge fan of Dianne Gray - I couldn't wait to start this book. I am not disappointed.

The Eleventh Question is a fantasy book of sorts, I guess, but more of a YA that questions spirituality and the relationship with our own humanity. Dianne Gray is a magnificent storyteller - she thinks of the most deepest questions within our soul. She writes books like no other.

I really liked Arista's character - bullied at school, a loner, who is too scared to go to the police about her Mum's abusive boy
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I'm a writer and a dreamer. My latest short story was shortlisted in the top three of the 2016 Ruth Rendell Writing award, judged by Lynda La Plante. Some of my short stories have been published in Australian anthologies:

Harper Collins - "Enter"
Ginninderra Press - "The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet"
Harlequin/MIRA press - "Scarlet Stiletto - The First Cut".

...and some of my novels have won award
“You know, bullying," her mother began. "I see it every day. Kids get bullied at school, they get cyber bullied, text bullied, Myface bullied."
"Oh, God!" Arista groaned. "It's My Space or Facebook. Not Myface.”
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