Kate De Goldi is an award-winning writer of short fiction, novels, and picture books for readers ranging from young children to teens and adults. A New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate, she lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
Nearly every character... is a loving, talented, unforgettable
eccentric whose dialogue, much like De Goldi's richly phrased
narration, combines heart-stopping tenderness with perfectly timed,
deliciously zany humor. Readers from early teens through adults
will be drawn to this beautifully nuanced, unsentimental view of
family life, friendship, the heroic requirements of growing up, and
the rewards of speaking the unspeakable out loud.
--Booklist (starred review)
Gorgeously written, this bittersweet chronicle of family
complexities is wise but never pat--a masterful meditation on
anxiety and courage that will be savored by thoughtful readers.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Deeply moving in its portrait of an overly responsible child picking his way along the edge of adolescence.
--The Horn Book (starred review) A moving tale about the challenges of family life and being different. The book is highly descriptive and a great deal of it is made up of Frankie's memories, which establish his character and give readers insight into his life. They will not only feel his anxiety, but also understand where it comes from.
--School Library Journal Characterization and relationship dynamics are skillfully realized at all levels, from Frankie's terminally exasperated sister to his formerly delinquent brother to his cheerfully workaholic dad; even Frankie's corrections-officer-turned-teacher and burly bus driver add dimension and clarity to Frankie's year of burgeoning self-awareness.
--Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books What is the answer to the 10 p.m. question? Perhaps it is that there is beauty in imperfection and all you need is love.
--VOYA An exquisitely told story with just the right amount of humor to counter the pathos.
--Library Media Connection