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Trash (2010)

by Andy Mulligan

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Trash by Andy Mulligan is set in a Philippines inspired but unnamed nation. Rafael and his friends work in the dump, sifting through the trash heap for things the can either use or sell.

One day they find something top secret and dangerous. It's immediately clear that they have to keep it away from the corrupt police.

The book starts off from Rafael's point of view. He has such a strong, clear and compelling voice that he should have carried the entire story. Then other points of view are added and none of them can fill Rafael's shoes. ( )
  pussreboots | Jun 24, 2014 |
A fast paced, well written thriller about three poor boys who live on a trash dump in an undisclosed Third World country, who pick through the trash to find recyclables and other potential valuable items. One day, Raphael finds a wallet with cash and a mysterious note, setting in motion a treasure hunt and chase as corrupt politicians hound the boys.

My quibble with the book was that it did not set the Third world country in a believable space. Some of the names, like Behala (the town) evoked Indian or Southeast Asia, while the names of the characters, Raphael and Gordo evoked Latin America. But even Raphael would have been spelled Rafael. The other name Jun-Jun had an Asian feel. So those details annoyed me every once in awhile. ( )
  sylliu | May 10, 2014 |
This is an interesting book. It has unlikely heroes and a mystery to solve. It's the only book I've read that is set in a garbage dump, but surprisingly, it is not depressing. I really liked it. ( )
  SpockMonkeys | Apr 28, 2014 |
Trash is a great book to introduce poverty and strength of people who are down and out yet still persevere. The story is written so each character gets to tell their version of their story. The setting is a dump in Behala. The main characters are dumpster children. Two of the children find something that they know they can’t turn into the police, not matter how much they are tortured or threatened. The boys Jun Jun (Rat), Raphael, and Gardo make a pack to solve the mystery of what they have fun. This is an excellent book that keeps the reading attention. I would recommend it for 5th grade to 12th grade. It is also a good book to use as a class lesson.
  KarenNunez | Feb 1, 2014 |
This was a well written and well thought out novel with some entertaining moments - and rather a few more serious ones too. The plot was perhaps a little over-the-top, but it was enjoyable and kept me hooked as the children set about solving the mystery that they had uncovered. I believe that the youth of today need to read more about children living as these three boys did - spending their days squabbling in trash for a few coins, to really appreciate how lucky that they are. I would recommend it for ages 10 . ( )
  LemurKat | Sep 12, 2013 |
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My name is Raphael Fernandez and I am a dumpsite boy.
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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.

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Fourteen-year-olds Raphael and Gardo team up with a younger boy, Rat, to figure out the mysteries surrounding a bag Raphael finds during their daily life of sorting through trash in a third-world country's dump.

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