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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.
Performed by Simon Jones
ah che gioia lggere una cosa così....
è carino, ben scritto; Damian, così come tutti gli altri personaggi, è grandioso.
Le battute in latino di San Nicola, i santi che compaiono, e soprattutto l'esilarante racconto -magari per qualcuno vagamente blasfemo- di San Pietro sul miracolo dei pani e dei pesci ne fanno una perla rara. E, cosa forse ancora più rara, è una perla per tutte le età; infatti io ho visto casualmente il film -imperdibile anche quello, praltro, e molto aderente al testo- dopodichè ne ho aprlato con mia figlia immagginando che nella sua infinita saggezza ne fosse venuta a conoscenza, e lei mi ha prestato il libro....
Pizia said on Jun 04, 2012, 11:07
Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce is a great book for middle school students for many reasons. Damian is a distracted young man who is obsessed with saints. He finds a bag of money and he and his brother must decide what to do with the money in less than 30 days.
Students can relate to Damian’s situation before he finds the money. Damian’s life is in a tailspin. His mother has died and he and his brother and father have moved from their house to a new neighborhood. Damian has taken refuge in religion and knows all of the saints by name. One day, a bag of money, in route to be destroyed, falls off of a train. Damian and his brother learn the principles of economics and inflation as they attempt to spend the money in 30 days, before it is worthless.
This book could be used in a math class as a literacy resource, not only for reading, but as a writing prompt as well. Middle school students would enjoy writing about what they would do with a bag of money.
In the end, Damian learns just how much of a burden money can be; and just how much the finer things like family and happiness are worth. I definitely recommend this book for 5th and 6th grade students, especially students who love money.
Jeffery Zach said on Dec 05, 2011, 07:35
Dalilaonlykikka said on Oct 09, 2010, 14:21
Damian e Antony Cunnigham di 9 e 11 anni, fratelli,Dicembre in Gran Bretagna.Una borsa piena di soldi cade nel rifugio segreto eremita di Damian,vicino alla ferrovia.All'improvviso i due si trovano pieni di soldi.Possono comprare tutto ciò che vogliono ma dovranno fare in fretta per che mancano pochi giorni all'ingresso dell'euro in Gran Bretagna e presto non avranno alcun valore e cosi i due si danno alla pazza gioia.
Una storia dolceamara,toccante,divertente,appassionante.
In una parola INDIMENTICABILE!!
Cvalentini40 said on Oct 05, 2010, 07:07
DarrenStevens said on Jul 02, 2010, 09:29
I enjoyed this novel, but the details about the saint I thought was a little distracting. Damian seemed a little odd with his obsession of the saints. This book might appeal to some students. I think they would imagine how they would spend the money they found. I think it would be an easy book to book talk because of the money element and all the questions you have from just reading the description.I did find it troubling that the father didn't feel it necessary to turn the money in but rather thought they should keep it and spend it.
SheReads said on Mar 05, 2007, 21:50
Jo Chiu said on Jan 26, 2007, 12:46
Arlene said on Jan 23, 2007, 13:27