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What would you do if you were praying for a miracle that would make everything better, when a bag full of money falls from the heavens? Litfest strives to encourage the enjoyment of and participation in reading, writing, illustrating and the discussion of ideas by placing them at the heart of Lancashire’s culture. Your words, like your reviews, bring books to life and give them a voice before the front cover is even turned.

While you are hearing your father’s words to be ‘excellent’, following the guidance of the saints, your brother is more of a real-estate baron, it seems…. But what would you do if a massive bag of cash dropped from the sky and you had only a few days to spend it before it became worthless? There is selflessness and selfishness throughout the story and what is right and wrong becomes tested. And furthermore, and finally, albeit I certainly do kind of wonder if I might be reading just a wee bit too much into and below the surface for Millions, as someone who was closely following the political and economic debates happening both in England and elsewhere in Europe (from around 1990 to 2006) regarding the adoption or not of the Euro and the fiascos this actually ended up creating for many member nations, both that Millions was published in 2004 (when the Euro had only recently been adopted as the common currency on the continent and when there was a very heated and often volatile debate in the UK regarding this) and that the entire (fictitious) scenario of the United Kingdom switching to the Euro is definitely being shown by Frank Cottrell Boyce as really being rather negative, this does definitely make me increasingly consider Millions to be Cottrell Boyce's warning fable against the Euro replacing the British Pound Sterling (and while I definitely think that this is interesting, it is also something I do tend to find more than a bit uncomfortable, as it gives Millions a between the lines political and economic message I as an adult reader find quite annoyingly problematic).Pan Macmillan) How would you feel if you were suddenly the holder of Millions of pounds that seem to have arrived at your feet by divine miracle? You guys are such a force for good and I am a passionate supporter of Indie booksellers, so I'm so happy this worked out well (I'd love to know how many books were sold if you have it to hand - it felt like quite a lot! They’re scared to admit that Dorothy’s lasagna is better because they feel if they do they will lose their old mom.

This edition of Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s Carnegie Medal-winning Millions features fantastic cover artwork from the brilliant Steven Lenton. I did also like the relationship between the boys and their father because it showed how family is one of the most important, if not the most, important aspects in a person’s life. The boys encounter many problems throughout the story and when all the money is gone they both realize that no amount of money will amount to the family they have and love they share for each other. I disliked this part of the book because the boys were acting juvenile and I think that they were too concerned with their hatred for anyone that threatens their mom’s place that they didn’t realize what a nice person Dorothy was. The author also used a lot of symbolism and figurative language throughout the story representing things like family, the boys’ mother and greed among other things.Rather, I wanted the author to take any sort of stand instead of leaving the issues of responsibility, charity, and honesty so murky. This is a noteworthy book with a truly deep and emotional side to it that perfectly combines fun, adventure, and humor into the sensitive issues. There is also an interesting lesson in inflation in the school yard, not to mention several good examples of the corrupting influence of money. I thought the story was ok because it was touching but not to the point of other stories that are out there. As a child I would have read and enjoyed this several times, for the simple adventure once, and then a reread for figuring out the mysteries and puzzles and the how-to of economics, and then a nostalgic reread would have given me a chance to appreciate Damian's obsession and visions.

Yourself and Bob are much cherished in our booky world and I personally really appreciate everything that you do. Furthermore, they have to keep their cache secret from their Dad and from the robbers who stole the haul in the first place. Boyce’s book will certainly capture the interest of its target audience of upper school-age and middle-school readers.

And he has plenty of ideas what to do with this money, all of which end up not at all what he intended. It's a story about 2 brothers who are each dealing with the loss of their mother in different ways, and a father who reminds them to be excellent. Then the next day when they come home from school they realize that crooks stole the rest of the money that was in the bag! Another book which makes me wish goodreads allowed me to use 1/2 stars because this book is worthy of more than three but less than four.

Furthermore, we are caught in a ‘should they/ shouldn’t they’ moral dilemma of whether Damian and Anthony should hand in the money. Anthony's character is easier to appreciate, and the humor comes through loud and clear to all, too. Set in England just before British adoption of the euro (a fictional event) the story features two boys who must decide what to do with a windfall in expiring currency. There were also many sad parts of the story including the boys’ dead mom, losing all their money and being robbed because all of those problems in the story were negative.

Ever since Damian’s mom died he always believes in saints because he thinks it will get him closer to his mom. Damian, on the other hand, feels the “weight” of the money on his shoulders, and constantly looks for needy people and good causes whom he can help out. I have even talked the head into a little revamp of the library so that we can display them properly! In addition to original scripts, Cottrell Boyce has also adapted novels for the screen and written children's fiction, winning the 2004 Carnegie Medal for his debut, Millions, based on his own screenplay for the film of the same name.

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