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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. I probably wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone because I think that it’s just very boring and that there’s no real climax in the entire story. K. switches to the Euro while still keeping the fact that they have so much money a secret from their father and eventually from thieves who stole the money in the first place. They’re scared to admit that Dorothy’s lasagna is better because they feel if they do they will lose their old mom.

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 . Other than that I think Millions was well written, and the characters were portrayed in different interesting lights.Because the story is told from the sweetly naive perspective of Damian, it is filled with many silly but poignant observations. Some bits seemed unclear and aspects could have been more explained, but overall it was an interesting read. Of the added stress that the money ends up bringing into his and his brother’s lives, Damian says, “[The bag of cash] was heavy and we were nervous that something would happen to it. Bronnie is so lovely with the boys and we also felt that having a man enthusing about the books set a great example. Furthermore, we are caught in a ‘should they/ shouldn’t they’ moral dilemma of whether Damian and Anthony should hand in the money.

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. An edge of my seat read that would be enjoyed by upper elementary and middle school kids, if ever I could get it past the censors.I did also like the relationship between the boys and their father because it showed how family is one of the most important, if not the most, important aspects in a person’s life. But with only 17 days left before the national currency switches to Euros and the money becomes worthless, this proves to be much more difficult than they had anticipated. The younger brother (and narrator) Damian tries his best to be excellent and to do good work every day. You guys were so fab and Dawn was such a lovely presence in the schools - I will absolutely be in touch next time I'm in your neck of the woods. Damian stood out as a character in the book because he had such an outgoing and big personality that couldn’t be contained.

I read some chapters aloud to my younger sister (who is cool as a cucumber by temperament) and she laughed out loud to hear his antic reasoning, proving that for those who don't identify, there is much pleasure to be had from visiting Damian's corner of kook for a while. 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. I think this story worked because the book showed both before and after the characters gained all the money and it made me see that the characters were more likable in the beginning of the novel.Damian and his brother, Anthony, have recently lost their mother, and their father is doing all that he can to raise them well. Your selection was perfect for our children and what really made the difference was your ability to engage with each child, discuss their interests and help them to choose a suitable book based on your extensive knowledge of the books you were selling.

There are two major plot points: Damian (the protagonist) and Anthony are trying to cope with the recent death of their mother, whilst simultaneously trying to figure out how to spend a rather large sum of money that has come their way. Even though the novel is written in Damian's perspective, it seems like their is still this barrier between the emotions and what is actually happening.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.

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