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The 10 PM Question by Kate De Goldi
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Jul 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, 2011, the-wonder-years, all-in-the-family, prose-that-sings, mothers
Read from August 29 to September 01, 2011

If ever "a sweet and wonderful story" was ever written, this is it folks. It totally enchanted me with its sparkle and sincerity. The book tackles some pretty serious issues yet it never becomes bogged down or begins to feel preachy. It soars and flows from beginning to end.

Frankie's voice rings true as the soon to be 12-yr-old plagued by pernicious worry and stalked by his hypochondria. His fears are many and the only person who stands a chance at soothing them is his loving Ma. That is until he meets Sydney -- a precocious, lovable, forthright girl who asks all the questions Frankie burns to ask but doesn't dare. Sydney has jumped into her life with both feet and with a ferocity that both terrifies and enthralls Frankie. They bond instantly, but Sydney has some huge problems of her own that threaten to shake Frankie's world to its very foundations.

I love Frankie's crazy family -- his troubled Ma, his eccentric father (known only as Uncle George), his scheming older brother Louie always on the lookout for the next "get rich quick" scheme, his sarcastic and dramatic older sister Gordana, and last but not least his smoking, drinking, prattling great Aunts who surround Frankie's family like meddlesome magpies, their presence huge, their love and commitment infinite.

Read this book!!! Don't believe me? Read Catie's wonderful review here.
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