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Millions Hardcover – 6 Feb 2004

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; First Edition edition (6 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405047364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405047364
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,866,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A joy for readers of all ages." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Stunningly original.the concept is immediately booktalkable and the telling is riveting; a book of such wealth-of any kind-is valuable indeed." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

"Sweet, fast-paced, and funny." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

A joy for readers of all ages. --Kirkus Reviews

"Seek out this gold-standard novel as a possible gift for lottery-winner hopefulls of all ages."--Time Out New York for Kids

"Written with charm and humor, this is a touching, absorbing oddity of a book about love, grief, avarice, and generosity."--London Sunday Times

"Stunningly original...the concept is immediately booktalkable and the telling is riveting; a book of such wealth--of any kind--is valuable indeed."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

"A joy for readers of all ages."--Kirkus Reviews

"Sweet, fast-paced, and funny."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Sheer fun. Seek out this gold-standard novel as a possible gift for lottery-winner hopefuls of all ages."--Time Out New York

Written with charm and humor, this is a touching, absorbing oddity of a book about love, grief, avarice, and generosity. --London Sunday Times"

A joy for readers of all ages. --Kirkus Reviews"

Seek out this gold-standard novel as a possible gift for lottery-winner hopefulls of all ages. --Time Out New York for Kids"

Sheer fun. Seek out this gold-standard novel as a possible gift for lottery-winner hopefuls of all ages. --Time Out New York"

Sweet, fast-paced, and funny. --Fort Worth Star-Telegram"

Stunningly original the concept is immediately booktalkable and the telling is riveting; a book of such wealth of any kind is valuable indeed. --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'It's hard to imagine the person who wouldn't enjoy it.' (The Guardian)

'Frank Cottrell Boyce's first novel has all the classic ingredients to delight children, but adds the anguish of bereavement to its irresistible comic adventure.' (The Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
Millions is the story of a young boy called Damian Cunningham who finds a bag filled with money (£229, 370, to be precise) that has seemingly fallen from the sky. His discovery comes at a time when England is about to change its currency and join the Euro, and so Damian must find a way to spend the money as quickly as possible, before it becomes worthless. Aiding him in this quest is his older brother and only confidant, Anthony; however, unlike Anthony, Damian is a boy of great conscience and sensitivity, and is frequently troubled over the question of "the right thing to do"...

Millions is funny, thought-provoking and moving - as well as being a fairly swift read. There are numerous questions raised within this story - some of them obvious, some of them less so. For example, what is the true value of money? What is the difference between selfishness and selflessness? Which is more important - personal gratification or helping other people? It also addresses issues such as trust (in the book, there are various incidents and one or two characters that cause Damian to question people's their true motives) and grief (Damian's story begins not long after the death of his mother, and his efforts at being "excellent" are a means of coping with this loss).

This book is aimed at able readers aged between 9 and 13, who will no doubt identify with the narrator (Damian) despite his idiosyncrasies, and enjoy discussing the rather grown-up themes presented so expertly by the author.

Matt Pucci
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Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic book for adults and children alike. It is a short, amusing tale about 2 brothers (from somewhere in or near Liverpool) who end up with a large amount of cash they need to dispose of. The younger brother, who is telling the tale has Aspergers or another form of autism, and although that is not the point of the story, it certainly features heavily in the writing style (similar to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime).
This book is perfect to read independently or aloud, in school or at home. It is truly fantastic!
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I found a note of this book in an old notebook, as a recommendation for further reading for a Children's Literature course I was doing as part of my degree with the Open University. Something this course pointed out was that it's adults that write for children, and, while some authors can engage with this task no bother at all, I felt that Cottrell Boyce, whether intentionally, or subconsciously, has let in a little too much of his adult self, when writing his young protagonist, with the amount of factual information, while interesting, like the pound having been our currency for over four hundred years, to the origins of the Margherita pizza, would be more relevant to an older protagonist. It starts off with a male widower with his two young sons, moving house, after the loss of his wife. Our hero, Damian, having built a makeshift hermitage at the foot of his garden, which backs on to a railway line, can't believe his luck, when a pile of money, in used notes falls from the sky, and into his lap! It's actually from one of the trains travelling to a location where it will be burned, as the Euro will be the new currency soon. Then the plotline gets bogged down with how Damian and his brother try to dispose of it before the deadline. Their ideas vary from the sublime to the ridiculous. I started getting bored with it all and stayed with it to the end, to see if it would improve. Sadly, for me, it didn't! I like my protagonists, in children's books, to be more Dahlesque; witty, resourceful, and with nerves of steel. Not for me, really, but it could be adapted for television in a kind of David Walliams type of thing! But I would insist that the plot be reworked to make it more interesting for a televisual audience.
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I really did not like this book. It was slow paced, strange, un exciting and dull. This may be because I read it in class but I just didn't find myself gripped by this novel as I usually am with a good book. I dont think this book was fore at all because I usually find myself with an urge to turn the page to the next chapter.
At the end of the day I do not recommend this book and give it a thumbs down.
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Format: Paperback
Millions is the worst book I have ever read.I am ten years old and have to read it at school and I hate it, it is over detailed, has terrible characters which of whom are usually going on about saints and has a ludicrous and over imaginative plot. To sum it all up Millions is a horrifically badly written book,I do not like Frank cottrel-boyce's writing style and I would advise that you NEVER buy it.

PS Comment by parent: is this perhaps a book which parents and teachers think children ought to like, but which they find over preachy? I note another unfavorable review posted by a young reader.
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I bought this book for my daughter to read on holiday, but after reading the first few pages I ended up nabbing it first. The simple, conversational style of Damian, the young narrator is utterly charming and I found the story both witty and wise. But nothing prepared me for the moment when I turned the last page and read the final paragraph - I found it both incredibly moving and joyously uplifting. Brilliant stuff, Frank. Keep 'em coming.
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