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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  3,818 ratings  ·  426 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2004)
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△⃒⃘Qamar Al Oqaily ⚯͛
Putting this on hold after 27% because I just cant seem to get into it .....
Courtney Burns
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2010, junior
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 s ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-enjoy-again
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. 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 full ...more
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was looking for a new Christmas set novel to read and Robison Wells recommended this. I've seen the movie, but didn't know that it was a book. Apparently they were written at the same time, as Frank Boyce was originally a screenwriter.

The verdict?

What a delight!

Damian's voice is so clear and pure that I couldn't stop smiling and reading. I was immediately concerned for him, for his father, for his brother, and wanted them to "win." But how they would win, and what the answer was, I didn't know
Suki Downingk
Jul 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
pointless. don’t bother
Alex Michailoff
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
The novel Millions takes place in the early 2000s in the suburbs of London, England and is about two young brothers in middle school and their father. 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. The book is about a young boy named Damian who is obsessed with catholic saints and his older brother Anthony and the problems they get into after Damian finds a bag ...more
Nov 18, 2011 added it

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce
Reviewer:Cierra Kitt

Damian and his brother Anthony move in with their father because their mom died. Ever since Damian’s mom died he always believes in saints because he thinks it will get him closer to his mom. I think he is still shocked about it because he always says “My Mum’s dead”. Everyone always tells him that “She’s is a better place” (pg. 39). Damian goes to the hermitage (a place he likes to go to pray about his mom). While he is there a bag full
Beth Bonini
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is one of those children's books that seems to be operating on two levels. Although I do think it would appeal to the more intelligent readers in the 10-13 age group, a lot of the humour and commentary is probably aimed more at an adult level of understanding. (The real estate and financial commentary of the protagonist's older brother, Anthony, is one example that comes to mind.)

There are two major plot points: Damian (the protagonist) and Anthony are trying to cope with the recent death o
Jamie Erin
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
A wonderful, sweet story told by a 5th-grade boy who just happens to see long-dead saints everywhere he looks.

Damian and his brother, Anthony, have recently lost their mother, and their father is doing all that he can to raise them well. Damian’s coping mechanism for his mother’s death is to read everything he can about the lives of various saints. Anthony, however, becomes a bit of a financial guru. When a huge bag stuffed with more than 200,000 quid comes flying out of the sky and into Damian
Stephanie Lim
Apr 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Millions is about two young brothers who come across millions of pounds and their decisions on what they do with it. There is selflessness and selfishness throughout the story and what is right and wrong becomes tested. We follow Damian and Anthony (brothers) through everything they do with the money before the day when the pound gets changed for the Euro.

Conflicts arise throughout their family as the burden becomes to much to bear and secrets are becoming harder to keep. How will these two trou
Saw this film a few months back, and knew the screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce as the author of Cosmic, which I adored. The film was good, if a tad unapproachable. I totally understood Damian's obsession with saints after his mother passed away, and his need to be pious and excellent. It's a little weird, don't get me wrong. Some kids have an obsession with baseball stats and others can name every species of frog, so... yeah.

Damian, his dad and his older brother Anthony move to a new house. Dam
Roger DeBlanck
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ypl-ya
Millions is a fun book, full of wild and also touching emotion. The main character, Damian, is fascinated with saints. 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. The book also raises issues of the best way to help the poor. Throughout the story, Damian is troubled with how to give and where to donate money. He turns to his saintly visions for guidance, and his heart is always in the right p ...more
I saw and loved the movie before I read and loved the book. The clerk at Bank Street Bookstore promised that if I didn't mind Damian's constant musing about religion and saintliness I would love the story, but warned me some people are bothered by seeing so much religion in a kid's book. I thought it was fascinating to have saintly visitations happening alongside a heist adventure. Damian's obsession with "being excellent" made him an unusual and memorable main character whose circular, well-int ...more
Elisha Condie
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
All I can tell from Frank Cottrell Boyce based on his jacket info is that he looks like Alan Cumming's brother and he has 7 kids. But seriously, who IS this guy? I love his books.

I saw the movie of this one years ago and kind of forgot about it. Damian and Anthony are brothers and they've just moved into a new neighborhood. Damian is obsessed with saints and builds himself a little hermitage to live in down by the railroad tracks. Then a big bag of money falls off a train and as he and his b
Danielle Wilson
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't read children's fiction very often, but this one was recommended to me so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

It's a story about 2 brothers who are each dealing with the loss of their mother in different ways, and a father who reminds them to be excellent. The younger brother (and narrator) Damian tries his best to be excellent and to do good work every day. His heart is in the right place, but sadly the execution doesn't come off like he thinks it will. His older brother, Anthony, focuses on
May 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I actually listened to the audiobook, which was even more hilarious than the book, due to the great voice of the narrator. (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.")

Damian has visions of saints, who all have their own personalities (and are hilarious). When he prays for guidance and a giant bag of money falls out of the sky, he figures God has sent it. His older
Damien is a fourth grade student in England on the brink of the (imaginary) Pound/Euro currency changeover. Obsessed with the lives and demises of saints since the death of his mother, Damien attracts a great deal of negative attention and warranted concern around his community. Millions focuses on what Damien and and his brother choose to do with a great deal of money that suddenly falls in their laps.

While I adored Damien's saint-fixation and his brother's promiscuous obsession with finance, I
Mar 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed every book I have read by Frank Cottrell Boyce. He writes fast moving quirky stories with lots of heart. 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 . Damien's literal take on life, his pure heart, and his obsession with the lives of catholic saints is classic Cottrell Boyce and is both hilarious and poignant.
GREAT book for middle
Raven Stevens
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Millions was a complicated novel based on a interesting character Damian. 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. This novel how ever was very detailed and interesting. Damian had an addiction and Money and house prices were Anthony's.The boys are still in primary school. Through this novel The brothers are facing a newer, harder challenge everyday and as the saying goes "what goes up must come down" this is th ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
An interesting read. I enjoyed the innocent, younger tone of the narrator paired with the more, sophisticated topic. The structure of the novel is neat and clear, simplistic vocabulary is used and the variety of characters is pleasing. However, I personally found the sequencing of the invents a little confusing, with more and more problems rising in the plot where least expected.
Other than that, though, Millions was a good read, and I recommend it to people looking for a fairly challenging book
Niru Dharmasiri
Apr 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Millions is an interesting story about two young brothers who stumble upon a bag filled with thousands of pounds and must try and spend it before the currency is changed to the euro. Anthony and Damian Cunningham are two English school boys and together with their combined knowledge of saints and money they must overcome many obstacles. Their story shows the true value of money and family, and that a little kindness can go a long way.

Although this book isn't something I would usually read, I did
Sarah Bartlett-Wright
The book millions was interesting. I never thought a seven yr old boy would ever be obsessed with saints but then again anything is possible. I enjoyed the book because it shows us that money really cannot buy happiness or love, and sometimes it just causes trouble. Millions is a good book with twists and turns that you don't expect. ...more
Libby Gane
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well written book. Millions addressed some interesting topics, the main one being what would you really do with that much money? Some bits seemed unclear and aspects could have been more explained, but overall it was an interesting read. Would recommend it to anyone who enjoys an semi-challenging read.
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Millions is a interesting book about two boys getting over the death of a family member and money. Damian and Anthony are well written characters, but I think the way they were written would have been more appropriate for boys older than them. Other than that, I think the book has been written very well.
Lalita Garg
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
It is a very interesting book with many important lessons that can be learnt from this novel such as how to spend money wisely and so on. Though there were some confusions in the middle of the book but overall the book is excellent. I would recommend this book to all the people who like moral related books.
Nandini Gupta
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is an extravagant journey about a young boy persuing his dream of exellence. He is a wonderful character who is unerstandable. This book teaches people about the complications of moneys and belifes.
Charmaine Greenan
Seemed really interesting to start, but I gradually got a bit fed up towards the end - it kept the boys' attention though, so maybe I'm the wrong age for it - I'm not *quite* the target age range! ...more
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
All the blurbs about this book focus on these two brothers who happen upon a boatload of cash (a bit under 300,000 pounds, actually - not the millions the title would lead you to think), and how they have to spend it all in 17 days, but ignore what I thought was the most fun part: the main boy's obsession with saints and saintly acts. That and his brother's weirdly extensive knowledge of the financial world make for a unique story that could otherwise have descended into a cliched "what if you h ...more
Suzie Bookgirl
Damian is missing his mum and searching for ways to cope when a bag of cash is delivered to his feet. Damian believes that this is a response from God to his request and runs home to share the fortune with his brother. What follows is an adventure of sorts and a journey of discovery as well. Damian learns all sorts of life lessons as he and his brother try to figure out what to do with this bag of cash that has a very close expiry date on it. Who can they trust? How do they put it to the best us ...more
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Frank Cottrell Boyce is a British screenwriter, novelist and occasional actor.

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.
His novel Framed was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book of the Year as well as the Carne

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“Where's Dorothy?" Dad said.
"I don't know. She came in, took the money and went. I don't even know how she got in."
"What did she say?"
"She said "shush""
"And what did you say?"
"I shushed”
“He handed me one of the leaflets. It was a picture of our old house. Underneath, it said it was a character property with surviving period details, inc fire surround, in a settled residential area. Two bedrooms, two reception, kitchen and separate utility room. And that was it. Nothing about us or what happened there. You wouldn't know it was our house except for the address.” 0 likes
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