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Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
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Dec 21, 10

bookshelves: 2010, junior, junior-fiction
Read on December 21, 2010

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. The Mormons, specifically Mormon missionaries, played a role in the story and while the bit that seemed to have been copied directly from a source like Wikipedia about the beginnings of the religion were technically accurate the behavior of the missionaries was so wrong--missionaries going out alone, 3 living together in a brand new house, the missionaries purchasing 2 large-screen TVs for personal use, lying in order to accept a large sum of money, not celebrating Christmas--as to be nearly silly if it all couldn't have been so easily checked had the author cared to do so (I didn't get the feel that it was maliciously intended--just a filler for the story). All that said, what really bumped the story down from solid 3-star rating to a 2 star was having the boys look up underwear models on the Internet in order to look at their nipples. Just so simply not appropriate in a Junior book intended for readers as young as 9.
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Lisa I agree 100%


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