A warm, surprising, real and intelligent novel you will fall in love with. Frankie Parsons is twelve and has a rodent voice of worry nibbling in his head. His new friend - colourful, creative, talkative Sydney - has relentless, unavoidable questions of her own that force Frankie and his family to face up to things that have lain dormant for years.
'In Kate de Goldi's sensitive, vital and hilarious novel, Frankie and the reader walk hand in hand through pages that gleam with hope and humour.' Ursula Dubosarsky
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?
Will bird flu strike and ruin life as we know it?
Is the Kidney-shaped spot on his chest actually a galloping cancer?
Only Ma takes seriously his catalogue of persistent queries. But 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 unraveling of Frankie Parsons's carefully controlled world.
'A truly special book. Kate de Goldi's dazzling writing will break your heart and make you wonder, marvel and laugh all at once.' Agnes Nieuwenhuizen
Kate de Goldi lives in Wellington. She has won a number of accolades for her fiction, including the Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award and the Esther Glen Medal. Her book Clubs, illustrated by Jacqui Colley, won Book of the Year in the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards in 2005. In 2001, Kate was made a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate, and in 2010 she was awarded the Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers' Fellowship.
Young adult fiction
Commended USBBY Outstanding International Books for children and young adults 2011 US; Long-listed International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2010 IR; Short-listed LIANZA Esther Glen Fiction Award 2009 NZ; Short-listed Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers' Choice Award 2009 NZ; Winner New Zealand Post Book of the Year Award Award and Young Adult Fiction 2009 AU
A & U Children
Paperback - B format
12 - 14
Young adult fiction