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After their mother dies, two brothers find a huge amount of money which they must spend quickly before England switches to the new European currency, but they disagree on what to do with it.
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    mybookshelf: Similar levels of unexpected zaniness, with a young protagonist coming to terms with one or more parents' absence.
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    Cosmic de Frank Cottrell Boyce (Inesdelreves)
    Inesdelreves: Frank Cottrell ofrece humor a raudales, tramas bien construidas y personajes que se quedan para siempre. Lo considero un autor hallazgo.
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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 had a million bucks" daydream. I was disappointed to learn that "totallysaints.com" doesn't actually exist (anymore, at any rate), but all in all this was a very fun - and funny - book. ( )
  melydia | Jun 29, 2020 |
Damian and Anthony live with their father, and the three of them cope the best they can with their mother’s death. Damian seeks solace in memorizing facts about various saints—the more obscure, the better—while Anthony is a financial maven in the making. So when Damian finds a bag stuffed to the brim with cash, he and Anthony have an interesting conundrum. Do they return the money? It’s all old money destined to be incinerated when the UK joins the euro. If they keep it, how can they spend it all? They have only a couple of weeks left in which to spend it.

This was a light, entertaining story apparently set in a parallel universe where the UK was going to join the euro. I’ve read a later Frank Cottrell Boyce book and this one isn’t quite as zippy, but it was his first book. I found the setting amusing as well, because it was the early 2000s: a time before smartphones and when Sunny Delight was what the cool kids drank :D ( )
  rabbitprincess | Feb 22, 2020 |
What would you do with $250,000 if you only had 2 weeks to spend it or give it away? That's the dilemma facing brothers Damian and Anthony.

I enjoyed the book for the originality of the book's premise and the quirkiness of the characters. There isn't any dull moments and the author even added a little bit of mystery to the plot. Children who are introduced to this book will walk away with a greater appreciation for family and the knowledge that money doesn't always provide happiness. ( )
  BookishHooker | Dec 16, 2019 |
What would you do if a million dollars dropped out of the sky…right into your yard?

When a bag of money drops into Damian’s hideout, he has some urgent questions. Where did it come from? Whom should he tell? What should he do with it? Damian, who does his best to be good all the time and tries to model his life after his favorite saints, decides the money is from God and should be spent helping the poor. His big brother Anthony, who is more concerned with real estate and the economy, has different ideas. As the boys try to make up their minds, the money starts to cause problems: they have to work harder and harder to hide it from their dad, the police, and the men who stole it in the first place.

If you like to get to know a main character so well that you feel like you’re in his shoes and feeling the same things he’s feeling, Millions is a great book choice for you. ( )
  rhowens | Nov 26, 2019 |
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