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The ceremony was met with worldwide acclaim and even included a section inspired by children's books. Boyce does a nice job of balancing the serious elements of grief with bits of humor that add up to a compelling tale of coming-of-age and growing up. I liked the ending because I thought it was very eye opening and that the theme was a very important lesson to learn. This edition of Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s Carnegie Medal-winning Millions features fantastic cover artwork from the brilliant Steven Lenton. Damian is obsessed with saints and builds himself a little hermitage to live in down by the railroad tracks.
I think this was meant to be a feel-good family drama about the effects of money on individuals and society, but is just felt negative and wrong--I never felt that the taking of the money was right or justified in any way and to have every character attempt to justify it and take and spend it without any consequences was just something I couldn't get past. It is good for a school novel study and also for anyone wanting a quick simple read during their free time. As an adult, I think I want to reread it so I can appreciate the simple adventure, because upon this (first ever) read I was wrapped up in Damian and in his r'ship with his father and brother and couldn't quite fully just enjoy the book, as it was so poignant. 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. The end also helped me as a reader to see that money isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and that the relationships you make throughout life are much more important.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.
They think of two different suspects but eventually they find their money and end up with 20,345 Euros. a b "Press releases for the 2004 Awards, presented in 2005 " Archived 6 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine. 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?Having worked with director Danny Boyle on Millions, Danny asked Frank to be part of the team creating the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics. 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. 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.
Other than that, though, Millions was a good read, and I recommend it to people looking for a fairly challenging book. It seems that they’re at loggerheads over this too, with Damian convinced that the saints need thanking for their intervention in his life. Steven lives with his partner Jay and his dog in Crouch End where he dunks endless amounts of biscuits in big red spotty cups of tea whilst listening to Radio 2. Boyce expresses how giving money accumulates to good deeds, which signify rungs on the ladder to heaven, just like the saints on their way to canonization. Damien is a fourth grade student in England on the brink of the (imaginary) Pound/Euro currency changeover.One of the focuses of that obsession has become an interest in saints -- the lives of which populate both his imagination AND several of the key scenes in this book.
I have even talked the head into a little revamp of the library so that we can display them properly! The real estate and financial commentary of the protagonist's older brother, Anthony, is one example that comes to mind.Millions doesn't give me any types of feelings; it's more of a retelling of a story that happened with someone else- like the person telling the story can't show the emotions of the characters because s/he wasn't there and therefore didn't experience it. 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. However I do think the theme is very important but I think there are other book that can give the same messages but in a more interesting way.