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Being American, I wouldn't have been able to imagine the sound of the annoyed protagonist telling his older brother that his cardboard hideout isn't a den, but "an hermitage. 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. Although the book is set in England, the premise is that the English pound is being switched over to the euro. The boys quickly learn some lessons in basic economics: for one thing, how difficult it is to spend a large amount of cash (particularly when you have to keep it a secret).

He couldn’t resist imagining how all of that great art might have affected the people who lived near the mine. Archived 8 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. I rated this novel a 3 out of 5 because although the novel had a great message in it the story itself was confusing at times. Some parts were a little outlandish, but that's often the case with children's books so it didn't bother me.

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? Conflicts arise throughout their family as the burden becomes to much to bear and secrets are becoming harder to keep. Most of the novel was upbeat and cheerful because the boys were doing a lot of good deeds with all of their money and there weren’t that many major problems throughout the majority of the book. Yourself and Bob are much cherished in our booky world and I personally really appreciate everything that you do. Yesterday a parent came over to tell me how impressed she was by the book fair and that you did a fabulous job of selling the books to the children first.

The pair have big decisions to make, needing to reconcile their wildly different ideas about what to do with the cash. There's just one problem -- they have only seventeen days to spend all the money before it becomes worthless. I never thought a seven yr old boy would ever be obsessed with saints but then again anything is possible. It is an adaptation of his screenplay for the film Millions, although it was released six months before the film (September). But how they would win, and what the answer was, I didn't know until the last, very satisfying, page.Damian is convinced it is a gift from God, and contemplates with his older brother Anthony the best way to spend it. This idea is voiced throughout with grace and skill as Boyce shows the problems that money can cause. 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). 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!

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