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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (7 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033043425X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330434256
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 865,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frank Cottrell Boyce, father of seven, is an established British screenwriter whose credits include GOD ON TRIAL, WELCOME TO SARAJEVO, HILARY AND JACKIE and 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE. He lives in Merseyside with his family. Frank's first book, Millions won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 and has been shortlisted for a number of awards including the Guardian Children's Fiction Award 2004. Millions has also been made into a movie directed by Danny Boyle (with a screen-play written by Frank) and was chosen as the Liverpool Reads book for 2005/06.

Frank's second novel, Framed, was published in September 2005. Framed has followed the success of Millions, being shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Award and the Guardian Prize. It was also selected as a Booked Up title in 2007 and was made into a feature-length drama, broadcast on BBC1 in August 2009 (with a screen-play written by Frank). Frank's third novel, Cosmic, was published in June 2008 and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2008, the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

In his own words: 'Shortly after leaving university, I had a radio play broadcast and it led to a job at Thames Television (Education Department), where I met Michael Winterbottom who was an editor at the time. We planned to make movies. At the time everyone in England had given up on films. It was after the Goldcrest debacle so it was like saying you wanted to do door-to-door roof thatching or scrimshaw work - a lost art. I supported myself by writing for CORONATION STREET - wonderful fun and the nearest I've ever got to a proper job. Then we made WELCOME TO SARAJEVO and we've made several films since. Other screenplays that I have written include: THE STRANER (nominated for a BAFTA), BUTTERFLY KISS, WELCOME TO SARAJEVO, HILARY AND JACKIE (also nominated for a BAFTA), PANDEMONIUM, 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE, THE CLAIM, CODE 46, GROW YOUR OWN and MILLIONS.

When I met my wife-to-be, she was planning on becoming a nun. Luckily I managed to persuade her to marry me instead. We now have 7 children, ranging from 24 to five years old and we live in Liverpool.

I can just about remember sitting on the couch with my parents, watching the first men landing on the Moon. We really did think that we were living in the space age and that by the time I had children we would all be able to go on space holidays together. Lots of other amazing things happened instead, of course, but I am still hoping that one day I'll go into space. In the meantime it seemed like it would be fun to go there in my own imagination."

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Heart-warming - a delight (Guardian Guardian)

Full of jokes and touching moments (Sunday Times Sunday Times)

Ingeniously comic (Independent Independent)

Heart-warming - a delight (Guardian)

Full of jokes and touching moments (Sunday Times)

Ingeniously comic (Independent) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A little boy turns the perfect crime into a work of art.

A little boy turns the perfect crime into a work of art.


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By E. Dawson on 5 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
A hilariously funny and imaginative novel based on an true story from the Second World War when paintings from the National Gallery were stored in Welsh slate-mines for safe-keeping.

Follow the saga of Dylan and Co. and the little town of Manod as they discover millions of pounds worth of paintings in the mines and then plot to commit the perfect(!) robbery.

Written in parts as a log book from the SNOWDONIA OASIS AUTO MARVEL, this book is easy to read and difficult to put down.

A really heart-warming story that'll make you laugh your socks off!!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Taylor-Fergusson on 3 Dec. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Millions was very charming, but Framed is, for me, really a joy of a book. Frank has beautifully captured the essence of small-town life in North Wales and bottled it along with a splendid central boy character, Dylan, adding top notes of naivety, humour and hopefulness. The result is pure Frank - who's a "top man" as they say in the North-West and as nice as they come. More books, please, and how about one set in Cheshire?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Stevens on 30 Dec. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. It was charming, funny and believable. I loved Dylan and his family and all the peripheral characters in this tiny Welsh village. I haven't read MILLIONS but look forward to more of Frank's engaging writing. You will NOT fail to enjoy this book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lilly T on 12 Jan. 2007
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I have just finished reading Framed and feel like the sun should be shining outside.

Framed is one of those books that you don't want to finish. It is full of charm and warmth.

There are so many great characters that you want to find out more about - does Mr Davis build up his life again to become happy? - what happens to the blossoming romance between Lester and Ms Stannard? Dylan is such a well formed character that you want to know what else happens to him and his family.

I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading anything. It is a delight.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Dec. 2008
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I rushed out and bought this after having read Millions and thinking it was one of the best children's books I'd read for ages. Framed did not disappoint either.

The narrator is Dylan, the only schoolboy left in the dying Welsh town of Manod. Dylan's family run a petrol station, and are scraping to make ends meet. The town is turned upside down after a bunch of mysterious men are seen travelling up the mountain which looms over the town and Dylan and his family investigate.

This is written as a kind of diary by Dylan. There are many wonderful things about this book. It is both serious and has a wonderful lightness of touch. The juxtaposition of the world of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and high art works tremendously well. What I loved best is that Dylan's voice is so authentic. Cottrell Boyce inhabits perfectly the thought processes of a small boy, whilst at the same time letting us see the poignancy of the 'real' adult world underneath. Dylan's acceptance of both worlds and his impartiality in recounting them give them a realism, humour and tenderness which lifts this writing right out of the ordinary.

Fantastic.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M C Cordery on 5 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Reading this book gave me the feeling prevously experienced when watching a certain type of auteurish foreign film. The sort where nothing overly significant happens but the characters are so interesting you don't want the film to end. Early in the book I found myself surrounded by a group of beautifully defined and believably idiosyncratic characters who I would gladly have shared time with regardless of the plot. It is one of those books to relish rather than to rush. I'm looking forward to sharing this one with my own children and will be gathering postcards of the featured paintings to use as bookmarks for that journey. Just like Dylan and co, a young reader could have their eyes opened to the life affirming beauty of art by this book. (How about an edition with colour plates of the artworks?) In both this title and in Millions before it the author has demonstrated his perceptive knowledge of children and their relationships with each other and with adults - he has certainly found a niche in this genre, while being skillful enough and resourceful enough to write two very different books. I'm certainly looking forward to the next one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 13 April 2009
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My first knowing of this author, Frank Cottrell Boyce, was the book "Millions" which, at the time was very good. I wanted more by the same talanted author and Framed knocked Millions off the score board - the best book I have found for a long time.
If you are thinking of buying a book, look no further, this is a brilliant story about crime and paintings involved with a normal family living in Wales.
I would say it is sutible to 10 years or over.
I hope this has helped!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By samuel on 28 Nov. 2007
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Reading this book gave me the feeling of funniness .The sort where nothing overly significant happens but the characters are so interesting you don't want the film to end. Early in the book I found myself surrounded by a group of beautifully defined and believably idiosyncratic characters who I would gladly have shared time with regardless of the plot. It is one of those books to relish rather than to rush. Just like Dylan and co, a young reader could have their eyes opened to the life affirming beauty of art by this book. (How about an edition with colour plates of the artworks?) In both this title and in Millions before it the author has demonstrated his perceptive knowledge of children and their relationships with each other and with adults - he has certainly found a niche in this genre, while being skilful enough and resourceful enough to write two very different books. I'm certainly looking forward to the next one
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