Book - 2005 | 1st Harper Trophy ed
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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.
Publisher: New York : HarperTrophy, 2005
Edition: 1st Harper Trophy ed
ISBN: 9780060733322
Branch Call Number: J Pbk COT
Characteristics: 247, 18 p. ; 20 cm


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Dec 08, 2018

I enjoyed this young adult book about a boy who experiences what many of us imagine -- suddenly finding a big bag of money. More specifically, a bag of money falls out of the sky, a particularly significant experience for a boy who is obsessed with saints. What I liked about the book is that it asks us to consider lots of important questions, and it invites us to look at the situation through the lenses of economist, theologian, philosopher, philanthropist, social worker, child, parent, teacher.... The mini-inflation in the school population was a useful teaching story. I liked Damian's neuro-atypical approach, with extreme literalness and honesty, his kindness, his motivation to be excellent (as he understands what that is, often different from the perspective of a parent or teacher) and his struggle to figure out the answer to problems, spiced with encounters with some of the saints who offer solutions. I enjoyed the contrast between Damian and his older brother, Anthony, who has more social moxie but his own set of obsessions.

KATIE ESCHER Jun 07, 2016

This book has so much going on. A little mystery, humor, and suspense makes for an exciting story.

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