by Frank Cottrell Boyce
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Johnny Johnson January 11, 2010 Book Review The fictional novel Framed, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, is set in England during present time. The story begins when Dylan's family got into financial trouble. The petrol company was threatening to stop selling to them because they are failing at selling the gas. One-day Dylan's dad comes home and tells the family about the bad news. A customer walked inside and asked for many things they didn't have in stock. That's when it hit them, They should open a store that carries the many needs of the families around Monod and might get more customers and make more money. When they got home they got the same customer, Lester, asking if they can open the gate that leads to the huge mountain that over looks Monod. Once they opened it, twenty-one 2006 seven series black BMWs drove up the steep rocky mountain.. Dylan and his father went up the mountain to see what was going on. Once they saw Lester they walked over and asked what was happening on the mountain that caused all this drama. He then showed them the lair that his architect had built days before. It was filled with many paintings, even some by Van Gogh. Because the family was in financial problems, the kids and Tom made a plan of stealing a very famous painting called "Flowers." Once the kids successfully stole the painting they hid it behind a painting of Mrs. .Shellwood . The next day the family was having another yard sale to see if they could gain more money. Mrs. Shellwood came into the shop asking for the painting that she gave Dylan's family, but she did not know that "Flowers" was in the back of the same painting......... Here are some positive thing about the book Framed . The setting was in Monod, England and the author gave a lot of great information about England and its surroundings. Also the author did a great job of describing things in the book that put visuals in your head. An example of this is on page 57 "The chocolate cake I ready to be frosted and enjoyed by Lester." The main characters was interesting because he provided cliffhangers that made me want to keep reading on to find out what will happen next in the novel. A few negative things in this book are that the dialogue was difficult to understand and the character Lester was mean, I didn't like him when he got picky. Also the character Max was not interesting, all he did was cry and scream, this interrupted my focus on the novel. Even through there are negative things about the book, overall it was a great book to read. The writing style of the author was first person point of view. On page 15 it said, "when I first started at Monod Elementary School there where just enough kids to play five-a-side." Franks Boyse used long formal words like on page 89 "you got to speculate to accumulate." The author used sensory details like on page 110, "I looked in the coffee cavalcade and saw the brown mixture that made my sensors go wild for sweet taste coffee." I would recommend this book to others. If you would like to learn about slate mountains in England, about cars their speed and parts and if you like mysteries and the end of a chapter, then this book is for you. Some other novels I think are just about the same a this one are Chasing Vermere by Blue Balliett, Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Wright Three by Blue Balliett, I recommend all three of these books and also outsiders by S.E Hinton.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What happens to a grey, Welsh town with a depressed economy and dwindling population when world-famous art arrives there for storage in an old mine? Find out in this wonderful tale of what it means to be part of a family and a community. Told through the voice of Dylan Hughes, the only boy left in the town of Manod, Framed will introduce you to a town full of eccentric characters who are inspired by the masterpieces they see to create great changes in themselves and in Manod. It's a heart-warming, funny tale that's great to read aloud.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story was so refreshing to read. Pure enjoyment. I cannot imagine how exciting it would be to read this as an 8 or 9 year old. Being 33 I was taken back to that age where ANYTHING can happen. Excellent, fast read for anyone of any age! Great book to read to your children that can't yet read.