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Trash [Hardcover]

Andy Mulligan
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Book Description

2 Sep 2010

Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it.

Then one unlucky-lucky day, Raphael's 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 Gardo and Rat are running for their lives. Wanted by the police, it takes all their quick-thinking, fast-talking to stay ahead. As the net tightens, they uncover a dead man's mission to put right a terrible wrong.

And now it's three street-boys against the world...


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385619014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385619011
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the most exciting and original novels of the year . . . It's a tight, thrilling story, told from various characters' perspectives and has a Slumdog, ­feel-good pulse beating through it. A genuine treasure find" (Sally Morris The Daily Mail)

"Outstanding, hotly anticipated thriller . . . an exceptionally satisfying plot" (Amanda Craig The Times)

"Trash is a thriller with moral weight and a complex structure . . . Without ever moralising, Mulligan raises issues of corruption, poverty, waste and excess in an exciting, but also grimly sad tale" (Suzi Feay Financial Times)

"Great stuff: taut, plausible and thought-provoking" (Toby Clements Daily Telegraph)

"The story has an infectious energy . . . A highly entertaining and very satisfying book which should be recommended to all. It needs to be read" (Marilyn Brocklehurst Bookseller)

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A book that will touch the world. This is trash of the 24-carat gold variety.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and filled with tension 10 April 2012
Format:Paperback
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One day, whilst he is out sorting through the dumpsite just like he does on any other day, Raphael discovers a bag. The bag contains a wallet with 1100 pesos and some pictures in and a key. It is a discovery that will change the life of Raphael, and that of his friends Gardo and Rat forever.

This book was removed from the Blue Peter Book Award shortlist last year for being too violent and containing a swear word. This hasn't put the judges on the Carnegie panel off as it finds itself on the shortlist for that award this year. I wasn't really expecting to enjoy this book. I had heard very good things about it but it just didn't seem like the kind of book that I normally would want to pick up, but then that's part of the beauty of the Carnegie Award, the chance to discover books you normally wouldn't read. But I did enjoy this book. It tells of a world so totally different to the one we inhabit that I couldn't resist finding out more. I was drawn into the world of these three dumpsite boys who had so little in a material sense, but were happy none the less. Although the general premise of the story is betrayal and corruption I actually found the story quite heart warming. The ending however is quite simplistic and not all that believable, but this is a story designed for children not adults so that shouldn't matter as much.

The story is told from a multitude of first person point of views, people recounting their part of the story afterwards in order to form a book. This is actually very effective as you don't just get the story of the three dumpsite boys, but that of the people who helped them. It also contributes to the fast paced feeling of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A treasure! 16 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
Even before I read Trash, I knew it will be one of those book that has a strong, immediate connection to me. As a child, I often spent my summer holidays in Manila, where the plot was loosely based. While reading, I came to find out just how much the characters, language and particularly the setting reminded me of the Philippines. But it is not its mere familiarity that made me love this book, it's the way the plot is reminiscent of some of the ugly reality in many, many places, and the brutal honesty in which this fact is presented.

The three characters, Raphael, Gardo and Rat, predominantly tell the story, although in certain key chapters other characters add their own input. The criss-crossing of narratives present different viewpoints which only adds to the magnetism of the whole book. These various point of views gives a broader viewpoint, I think, and allows the narrative to encompass a larger picture to drive home the plot.

I love these three boys - there is something about a child's voice that really captures my heart, but hearing their story is something beyond that. They have suffered so much from the cruel reality and their innocence is so tainted by the harsh world they were born in that each of their words seem too precious to not take to heart. Their excitement and despair is full of that powerful voice that I wanted to sweep them three into one warm hug and hope that that somehow brings enough comfort. I think that holds true in many readers and indeed makes one wonder that if these characters can hold one's heart, then what more the real children living in and with trash at the other side of the world?

Interestingly, many view Trash as a dystopian novel - but I beg to disagree.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 22 July 2010
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Andy Mulligan has vividly brought to life the world of kids who live on rubbish dumps all over the world. Seeing them in a documentary does not really convey the experiences of these children, their feelings, their hopes and dreams and the harsh reality of surviving in such a hostile environment. Fiction can be so much better at coveying the truth than documentary.

Raphael finds a bag on the dump and inside is a key which opens up a can of worms he and his friends could never have dreampt of in their worst nightmares. Assisted by his friends Gardo and Rat (aka Jun Jun), he slowly unravels the mystery he has stumbled upon and falls foul of the authorities in the process. Children in his world are expendable and disappear easily, despite the efforts of charity workers such as Father Juilliard and voluntary worker Olivia at the Mission School. However, these wily and resourceful children, albeit uneducated, show themselves capable of outwitting the adults and solving the riddle. They face danger with courage and loyalty and eventually the story resolves itself into a very satisfying conclusion. The characters are wonderfully drawn and the story well told, although the rapid changes in point of view can be slightly distracting, and I would recommend this book to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One man's trash 12 Sep 2010
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A novel for younger readers, ideally boys aged eleven and up. But also well capable of being enjoyed by readers of an older age.

Not the usual type of children's book. No cosy fantasy tale, this. Instead it's a portrayal of the kind of life many children in latin american countries face. Living by a rubbish dump. Trying to get by via what they can find and sell there. Being wary of corrupt local police. And daring to dream of something better.

Written in the first person it runs for just over two hundred pages, in rather short chapters. And it has three main characters. Three boys who live on the tip. The young and slightly naive Raphael. His more hardbitten and world wise friend Gardo and their associate Rat. When Raphael finds a wallet in the tip containing a lot of money and a key, they quickly find the police are after it as well. The hunt is on for a fabulous horde....

It uses the three as narrators, the viewpoint constantly switching back and forth between them. The whole thing being presented as a record of their accounts having been put together by a priest who also narrates some of the story. As do a few other characters. Some don't get much of a look but a western european charity worker, another of them, does. She and the priest are very sympathetic and three dimensional characters. As are the boys.

The whole book doesn't pull any punches in depicting the horrors of the way they have to live and the horrors of being interrogated by the local police. But you have to get past that because this sort of thing really does go on in so many places so credit the writer for not shying away from it.

The plot unfolds nicely revealing steadily details about the aforementioned hidden horde, and allowing for a good puzzle involving a clever bit of code making also.

An inspiring book. One to make you think. And a really good read with it. Highly recommended.
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I highly recommend this book and will re-read in the near future.
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Read to my class as part of a global citizenship week. It created a lot of discussion and some wonderful debates regarding child poverty around the word. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars School resource
I work in a school, my 1- 2- 1 is reading this book, I purchased this book as it sounds great when he is reading it to me.
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Great service. Good quality used item. My son asked to get it but was not sure. He soon started to read and loved it.
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u should definitely read this. though it is quite sad it is very good as something is always happening. a very good book.
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Raphael, Gardo and Rat are friends working the never ending trash heap trying to find things they can sell in order to survive from day to day, they live among the trash, they eat... Read more
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