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Publisher Comments:

It was a one-in-a-million chance. A bag crammed with cash comes tumbling out of the air and lands right at Damian's feet. Suddenly the Cunningham brothers are rich. Very rich. They can buy anything they want. There's just one problem — they have only seventeen days to spend all the money before it becomes worthless. And the crooks who stole the cash in the first place are closing in — fast.

A funny, brilliantly clever and utterly thrilling debut novel that is, quite simply, unforgettable.

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"How would you spend a lot of money fast? That's the irresistible premise of this witty and poignant first novel by a British screenwriter. Damian and Anthony Cunningham have moved to a new neighborhood with their loving but overwhelmed father, following their mother's death. (A mention that their old house is still on the market because of 'what happened there' suggests suicide.) Anthony, a precocious fifth-grader plays on people's sympathy: 'Tell them your mum's dead and they give you stuff.' Damian, the beguiling fourth-grade narrator, is obsessed with saints and saintly behavior. He 'mortif[ies] his flesh' by placing holly leaves under his shirt, and constructs his own makeshift "hermitage" near the railroad tracks. He's in this cardboard hideout when a bag containing more than a quarter-million pound notes drops from the sky. Damian believes it's from God. Anthony suspects otherwise but embarks on a spending spree fueled by a deadline-the pounds will be worthless in 17 days, when England converts its monetary system to the Euro. Boyce gracefully weaves in many thought-provoking episodes. Anthony learns about inflation when he overpays for favors and toys at school. Damian follows St. Francis of Assisi's example by buying and setting free a pet store's worth of birds. The ending is sure to spark heated debate, as Damian comes to terms with the ubiquity of poverty and the dark side of human nature. The story starts slowly, but readers who stick with it will be racing to the finish to figure out who's conning whom. Brilliant. Ages 8-12. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Now in paperback — an acclaimed and brilliant debut that tells the story of two young boys who suddenly find themselves with a huge amount of money and only have seven days to spend it before it becomes worthless.

About the Author

Frank Cottrell Boyce is a screenwriter whose films include Welcome to Sarajevo, Hilary and Jackie and 24 Hour Party People. Millions is his first book. He is not a millionaire and has no plans to rob a bank. However, during a short-lived career as an assistant at a puppet show, he earned a fortune entirely in small change. He believes this is how he first became interested in the problems created by user-unfriendly cash. Mr. Boyce lives in Liverpool, England, with his wife and family of seven children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060733322
Author:
Boyce Cottrell, Frank
Publisher:
HarperTrophy
Author:
Cottrell Boyce, Frank
Author:
by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Brothers
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Fiction - General
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
England
Subject:
Children s humor
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.55x5.28x.59 in. .38 lbs.
Age Level:
08-UP

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Product details 272 pages HarperTrophy - English 9780060733322 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "How would you spend a lot of money fast? That's the irresistible premise of this witty and poignant first novel by a British screenwriter. Damian and Anthony Cunningham have moved to a new neighborhood with their loving but overwhelmed father, following their mother's death. (A mention that their old house is still on the market because of 'what happened there' suggests suicide.) Anthony, a precocious fifth-grader plays on people's sympathy: 'Tell them your mum's dead and they give you stuff.' Damian, the beguiling fourth-grade narrator, is obsessed with saints and saintly behavior. He 'mortif[ies] his flesh' by placing holly leaves under his shirt, and constructs his own makeshift "hermitage" near the railroad tracks. He's in this cardboard hideout when a bag containing more than a quarter-million pound notes drops from the sky. Damian believes it's from God. Anthony suspects otherwise but embarks on a spending spree fueled by a deadline-the pounds will be worthless in 17 days, when England converts its monetary system to the Euro. Boyce gracefully weaves in many thought-provoking episodes. Anthony learns about inflation when he overpays for favors and toys at school. Damian follows St. Francis of Assisi's example by buying and setting free a pet store's worth of birds. The ending is sure to spark heated debate, as Damian comes to terms with the ubiquity of poverty and the dark side of human nature. The story starts slowly, but readers who stick with it will be racing to the finish to figure out who's conning whom. Brilliant. Ages 8-12. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Now in paperback — an acclaimed and brilliant debut that tells the story of two young boys who suddenly find themselves with a huge amount of money and only have seven days to spend it before it becomes worthless.
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