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Trash by Andy Mulligan

Trash (2010)

by Andy Mulligan

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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.
  lkmuir | Dec 2, 2015 |
This novel follows three poverty-stricken boys who spend their days rummaging through garbage heaps looking for items of use. However when they find a bag with some money. a mysterious note and a secret code inside, it sends them on a dangerous adventure. ( )
  LJMax | Aug 21, 2015 |
Inspired by the author seeing people living in dumps in the Philippines. ( )
  nickietravis | Jul 26, 2015 |
It's the CHS All School 2105 Summer Read. ( )
  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 |
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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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