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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,620 ratings  ·  244 reviews
A few things to know about Dylan

He is the only boy in his entire town—so forget about playing soccer.

His best friends are two pet chickens.

His family owns the world's only gas station/coffee house—their pies are to die for, but profits are in the hole.

Criminal instincts run in his family—his sister is a mastermind-in-training, and the tax men are after his father for quest
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by HarperCollins (first published July 7th 2006)
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Jean Brodahl
Nov 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone.
The adorable narrator of this book is 9 year old Dylan from Wales. He's the ONLY boy in the small town of Manod so he has no one to play soccer with...a real bummer in a young English boy's life.

It starts out slow, but don't give up, you will be richly rewarded. I read a LOT of this book out loud to my husband because it is laugh out loud hilarious! We don't have this in our library yet but we have his first book "MILLIONS" & it's my favorite of the two, but only by a hair. It was turned in
Elisha Condie
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Aww, another awesome book recommend by my friend who produces the Bob Edwards show. I'm all alone in the dark without her.

This story is so great. It's about the small English town of Manod where a little service station owned and operated by Dylan and his family is struggling to survive. Then the entire art collection from the British Museum comes to be stored in Manod Mountain and things get interesting. Different townspeople are touched and inspired by different works of art and things star
Apr 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny, fun, young-adult
This was a fun read. I loved the main character, Dylan, a young boy living in the small Welsh town of Manod. He has great pride in Manod and is oblivious to its many drawbacks (constant rain, poor economy, etc.), though the adults reference them often. He and the other children in his family pull together to help save their family's gas mart from financial ruin.

There were a few sections of the book that dragged a little, but I had to keep reading because the author was so good at throwing someth
Sara Register
Sep 27, 2007 rated it liked it
A Pretty quirky book...just like Millions. I enjoyed reading it for the quirkiness. I had to laugh at all the references to "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", having grown up watching them. I laughed every time someone said, "What the shell?"
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Frank Cottrell Boyce
I had a great time reading the book Framed. Boyce did an amazing job getting his message across, in a number of pages. This book is great for sitting on the couch and relaxing.
The book Framed is a truly great read. Dylan, a small-town boy, shows his town that even through life’s biggest mistakes there is always a good ending. Throughout this book Manod goes through a lot of changes and struggles, all of which are because of a mix up of names. Dylan is a kid who was neve
Jonathan Roberts
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it

By Frank Cottrell Boyce

‘Framed’ Is a wonderful story about the power of Art. The story is set in the small, bleak, ex-slate mining town of Manod in Wales and Dylan is the last remaining child in the whole town! He is just Nine years old and helps his dad to run the failing ‘Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel’: a petrol station with a coffee machine. There is not much going on in Manod until the arrival of some mysterious suited men. It transpires that due to some unprecedented flooding in London
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
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A misunderstanding involving the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and famous works of art; a small welsh town with quirky residents; and a family trying to save its struggling business and home—the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel—makes for a witty and hysterical read about how art can transform. The story is told from the perspective nine-year-old Dylan Hughes, the only boy left living in Manod—a dying, dreary grey town in Wales. But the town slowly becomes alive again after record flooding in London ca ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Sorry. this was more of a one and a half book.
I almost never do this, but I stopped reading about halfway through. This book didn't really have any plot for me- it seemed like it just went on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on TMNT reference and onand onand on and on and on and on TMNT reference and on and on and on and on and on and on and on another TMNT reference and on and on and
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, its so interesting
I was reading this is the same country its set in...what a coincidence!
Dylan is an amazing character, and talks older than what he is, I was surprised when I found out how old he was...!
I loved the fact that he called his chickens Donatello and Michelangelo... its great!
A charmer! Lovely story about how exposure to great art changes the lives of the people in a small Welsh town.
Dec 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
it's rubbish i have to read it for school :(
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ethan-liam
I read this a few years ago and loved it. So I passed it to Ethan who also loved it. So fun.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: aty-2017
This book is categorised as a children's book, normally I am perfectly fine with reading children's books because they are fun and really entertaining. However with this book it was just too childish. 

In this book we follow 9-year-old Dylan who helps out in his parents shop and when they have money issues decides that they are going to steal a £25 million painting (as you do). However for me the story was just so slow, there were so many Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle references that I'm sure a you
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pretty sure this is my favourite book of all time. Dylan (the main character) is so believable as a young boy, the voice is very accurate. The entire book is charming and funny, while also being quite thought-provoking and really sweet/heartfelt at times. Sometimes it makes me roll on the floor laughing and at other times I almost want to cry. All the characters are believable, and even the most ridiculous situations are rationalised in the mind of Dylan, allowing the reader to see through the e ...more
As always, Frank Cottrell Boyce delivers a home run of a story in Framed. The writing, the characters, the themes–it’s all brilliantly executed and very readable. I love the way he chooses a few motifs and uses them repeatedly to tie the story together and draw out deeper ideas in a way that’s relatable. Surprisingly, this is perhaps the most credible and realistic of his stories that I’ve read to date; most of them tend to be rather tall-tale like (or even just be absurd science fiction), but t ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce is a really good book that teaches you about how other families live. It really puts into perspective that in some families, the kids have to help out to make money and keep their family home. The main character, Dylan, and his family live in a small village in Wales, below a mountain. They own a car shop there. The people are moving out of town, so they're losing business. Dylan had to give some stuff up and help the family be able to keep the shop.
Meanwhile, th
Mike Steven
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this to my daughter and really enjoyed it for two main reasons.

Firstly, it is set in Wales - in the town of Manod, close to where I have stayed on holiday on several occasions. I love doing a Welsh accent and this book allowed me to try out my whole repertoire of Welsh voices which I enjoyed.

Secondly, it references a lot of pictures from the National Gallery and it allowed us to get pictures of them on my phone and discuss the artwork.

It's a charming little story that looks at the power o
Omkar K.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was fine. The reason I didn't like it that much was because in the paragraph on the front cover talked about how "the crime of the century" had been framed on someone. The worst crime actually committed was 2 kids, and and a young adult. They got caught pretty easily, and they didn't even get to the part where they completed the crime because, the crime was planned by the youngest kid of the group.
Sam Hui
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very good book. The plot was very interesting and the author has demonstrated a wide range of skills throughout. Vocabulary has been used appropriately to shape and create the atmosphere, which was mostly sustained in the book, making it enjoyable. The book was well-structured and coherent. A sound book overall and I recommend it to those who enjoy this type of book!
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A charming read. I love the way art transformed a small community in this novel.

Favorite Quote:

p. 214 "If I hadn't seen that picture, none of this would have happened. You see, I lost a lot in my life. But seeing that picture, I realized I didn't have to lose it all."

p. 217 "the whole point of art is to rescue something of ourselves from the ravages of nature."
Francesca Pashby
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Imaginative, funny story set in very wet Wales, whereby an accidentally resourceful boy manages to save the day in a number of amusing ways. Dylan Hughes does not know how funny he is ... wonderful deadpan humour.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book. Apart from being a great story this is a wonderful way to rouse children’s curiosity and interest in the wonder and power of art. Loved it.
Sharon Buxton
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
B. children's fiction, grade 6, painting theft, family.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolute gem.
Diane Henry
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
A re-listening of an old (2005?) favorite. One of those books where the reader gets it exactly right and makes the book even better.
Margaret McCulloch-Keeble
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
What a charming book. I loved it. Overall I preferred Millions, but this is genuinely lovely.
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very interesting book. It was enthralling, I could hardly keep my eyes away. In other words I loved it.
Framed has been on my "To-read" list for years and I feel like doing a happy dance now that I have finally had the opportunity to read it! Nine-year-old Dylan Hughes' family owns the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel Garage in tiny Manod. As the economy has become more difficult families continue to move to London to find work and Dylan now finds himself the only boy left in town--except his baby brother Max. Although it rains almost constantly and the town is somewhat run-down Dylan can't imagine a m ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love Boyce's books equal parts loving family, hope, and sadness they ring both true and whimsical.
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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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