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Trash by Andy Mulligan

Trash (2010)

by Andy Mulligan

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  fromthecomfychair | Mar 13, 2015 |
If you read the journalists reviews they liken this novel to Slumdog Millionaire. There are similarities in so far as the central characters are from the poorest quarters and both stories have clues and involve problem solving.

Our three characters live in Behala a very poor area where all the country's trash is dumped. The only way these young boys can survive is by sifting through the trash for valuable and saleable articles and trying to earn some much needed dough. When they find a bag their lives change dramatically but not without some adventure. Using their wits and some contacts they follow the trail of clues to find the answer. Great fun read. The audience will root for these boys and gasp when they are within a hair's whisker of danger.

Although this novel falls under the YA genre it did not feel that it particularly spoke to that age group. I felt it was a work of fiction that could appeal to all. ( )
  booketta | Sep 2, 2014 |
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 |
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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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