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In an unnamed Third World country, in the not-so-distant future, three "dumpsite boys" make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city.

One unlucky-lucky day, Raphael finds something very special and very mysterious. So mysterious that he decides to keep it, even when the city police offer a handsome reward for its return. That decision brings with it terrifying consequences, and soon the dumpsite boys must use all of their cunning and courage to stay ahead of their pursuers. It's up to Raphael, Gardo, and Rat--boys who have no education, no parents, no homes, and no money--to solve the mystery and right a terrible wrong.

Andy Mulligan has written a powerful story about unthinkable poverty--and the kind of hope and determination that can transcend it. With twists and turns, unrelenting action, and deep, raw emotion, Trash is a heart-pounding, breath-holding novel.
Publisher: London, England : Ember, c2010
ISBN: 9780385752169
Branch Call Number: FIC Mulli
Characteristics: 232 p


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Nov 07, 2017

I saw the DVD-heartbreaking!
All teens & some pre-teens need to see how others less fortunate live.

Nov 07, 2017

Incredibly written! set in a factional world but gives you a good insight about third world countries.

SCL_Justin Jul 19, 2017

Andy Mulligan’s Trash is a YA book about three scavenger kids living in a junkyard who find something extremely valuable in the trash that launches a big, but personal mystery. I liked it a lot.

It had shifting viewpoint characters who were expressly telling the reader the story. Usually it stuck with the main three boys, but we also got to see bits of the story from the priest’s perspective and that of the British girl who was volunteering in the unnamed country (while reading I was picturing Mexico, but the afterword indicates it was based on a place in Manila).

Things I really liked about the book: the boys were clever and tough, but didn’t feel superhuman. The authorities also weren’t stupid, which made the boys’ victories against the police well-earned. It was a connect-the-dots kind of mystery plot, but my favourite part of that was a throwaway line about how they never did manage to decipher part of the code. The whole thing felt much more personal than a story about government corruption had any real right to be, so kudos to Mulligan.

The only thing that I wish it had was a stronger female character. The women in the story either get duped or get rescued or get the boys into the whole mess, which is a bit of a shame.

ChristchurchKids Dec 28, 2014

Imagine that you lived on a dumpsite. Every day instead of going to school you wander off into the mountains of rubbish, hunting for things that are worth something, something you can sell. You spend your days wading through trash; sifting it, sorting it, breathing it and sleeping next to it.

This is the life of Raphael and his friends, Gardo and Rat in the amazing book Trash by Andy Mulligan. They live on a dumpsite in the city of Behala and they are surrounded by trash. One day though, Raphael finds a small leather bag that holds an extraordinary secret, a secret that the police will do anything to get their hands on. Raphael and his friends must escape the dumpsite and solve the mystery of the bag and it’s contents.

Trash is a one of my favourite books of the year and unlike anything I’ve ever read. The different bits of the story are like puzzle pieces that all come together at the end. I loved the characters of Raphael, Gardo and Rat and different parts of the story are told by each of them, as well as other characters. If you like stories about different cultures, stories with mystery and adventure, and really interesting characters, you’ll love Trash. Recommended for age 10+ 10 out of 10

Dec 12, 2014

Incredible story. Fictional, but really gives some incredible insight to 3rd world living.

ChristineT_RPL Dec 11, 2014

This story takes place in an unnamed 3rd world country. The dumpsite boys, Raphael, Gardo and Jun Jun (Rat) are living in a dump digging through trash to make a living. They mostly find “stupp” or poop. They collect for money plastics, paper and metals. One day they find a wallet and bag. I would call this an action mystery. The book is written from many points of view, each chapter is written from a different character's perspective.

TropicMummy Feb 18, 2013

I love this book, it was well put together

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zackids Nov 25, 2010

Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping on it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, the world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It’s a bag of clues. It’s a bag of hope. It’s a bag that will change everything. Soon Raphael and his friends are running for their lives. Hounded by the police, it takes all their quick-thinking and fast-talking to stay ahead. As the net tightens, they uncover a dead man’s mission to put right a terrible wrong. And it's three street-boys against the world...


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