Millions (novel)

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Millions
MillionsBookCover.jpg
Front cover of first edition
Author Frank Cottrell Boyce
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Genre Children's novel, comedy and screenwriting
Publisher
Publication date
6 February 2004
Media type Print (hardcover & paperback)
Pages 250 pp (first edition, UK)
ISBN 978-1-4050-4736-4
ISBN 978-0-06-073330-8 (US)
OCLC 440864983
LC Class PZ7.C82963 Mi 2004[1]

Millions is a children's novel published early in 2004, the first book by British screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce. It is an adaptation of his screenplay for the film Millions, although it was released six months before the movie (September). Set in England just before British adoption of the euro the story features two boys who must decide what to do with a windfall in expiring currency.

Cottrell Boyce won the annual Carnegie Medal from the British librarians, recognising the year's best children's book published in the U.K.[2][3] Millions was an integral part of the annual Liverpool Reads campaign in his home city.[4]

Plot introduction[edit]

The novel is set in Widnes, England, in the near future, just as the euro is about to replace the pound sterling. Damian and Anthony Cunningham are brothers who have recently suffered the loss of their mother. Because of this tragedy, Damian becomes obsessed with saints and eventually hallucinates about them. When brothers Damian and Anthony unwittingly come into possession of the proceeds of a train robbery, they find themselves with millions of pounds to spend in the next 17 days. Damian believes the money comes from God and should be used for doing good, but Anthony has different ideas. Meanwhile, the robbers are looking for their money...

Awards and nominations[edit]

Beside winning the Carnegie Medal from the British librarians,[2][3] Millions made the shortlists for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Branford Boase Award.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Millions" (first US edition). Library of Congress Catalog Record. 2012-07-30.
  2. ^ a b (Carnegie Winner 2004). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
  3. ^ a b "Press releases for the 2004 Awards, presented in 2005 ". Press Desk. CILIP. 2012-08-18.
  4. ^ Liverpool Reads ... Millions homepage.[dead link]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
A Gathering Light
Carnegie Medal recipient
2004
Succeeded by
Tamar