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Funny, thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining, this outstanding novel was a deserving winner of the 2004 CILIP Carnegie Medal. I totally understood Damian's obsession with saints after his mother passed away, and his need to be pious and excellent. Furthermore, they have to keep their cache secret from their Dad and from the robbers who stole the haul in the first place. I don’t think I would make any major changes because there wasn’t much wrong with the book however if I had to change something it would be to build suspense and add action because I found the book very bland and not very exciting. The writing was very well-paced for a television generation, since the author wrote Millions first as a screenplay it maintains a highly visual and plot-driven style.
Seventeen days until Euros, seventeen days to use up more than two hundred and thirty thousand pounds. But how they would win, and what the answer was, I didn't know until the last, very satisfying, page. However I think that making the characters younger helped me to relate to them a little bit and I’m sure other people experience some of the situations that are touched upon in this book.
The book is about how money doesn’t measure happiness, wealth or a good life, wealth is measured by your relationships with friends and family and the bonds you make throughout life.
He couldn’t resist imagining how all of that great art might have affected the people who lived near the mine. This edition of Frank Cottrell-Boyce's Carnegie Medal-winning Millions features fantastic cover artwork from the brilliant Steven Lenton. This book reads like a mad cap comic adventure/mystery/coming of age tale but is also a study in childhood grief and as is usual for this author the father son relationship is central to the plot .He used to run a Punch and Judy show, earning a fortune in small change, and just like Damian in Millions, he is a Catholic who is fascinated by stories of the saints. Damian is convinced it is a gift from God, and contemplates with his older brother Anthony the best way to spend it. Heart-achingly funny, touching and brilliantly clever, Millions is a fantastic adventure about two boys, one miracle and a million choices. I thought the story was ok because it was touching but not to the point of other stories that are out there.