Year 9 - Turangawaewae
Millions is a Caregie Medal winning novel written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (later made into a film directed by Danny Boyle) which tells the story of 7-year-old Damian, whose family moves to the suburbs of Widnes after the death of his mother. Soon after the move, Damian's "hermitage" is obliterated by a bag of money flung from a passing train. Damian immediately shows the money to his brother, Anthony, and the two begin thinking of what to do with it...
Millions is a powerful fable for today's young people, which offers an enduring message. Cottrell Boyce's accomplished writing ensures an exhilarating read and his ability to tell the story through the voice of the young hero, Damian, immediately engages the reader's sympathy. Full of humour, it has a pacy plot and excellent characterisation. Cottrell Boyce writes with exceptional assurance and lightness of touch.