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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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ISBN 9780385752145
Published 12 October 2010 by Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Mulligan, Andy
Series Junior Library Guild Selection
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ISBN-13 9780385752145
ISBN-10 0385752148
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub
Imprint Bantam Doubleday Dell
Publication Date 12 October 2010
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Mulligan, Andy
Series Junior Library Guild Selection
Category Award Winning
Adventure Stories
Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
Number of Pages 232
Dimensions Width: 149mm
Height: 214mm
Spine: 24mm
Weight 358g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
Library of Congress Poverty, Mystery and detective stories, Political corruption, Developing countries, Refuse and refuse disposal
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 142818

Description of this Book

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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Commended for Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (Ten to Fourteen) 2011 -- Short-listed for Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award 2013 -- Short-listed for Nutmeg Book Award (Teen) 2013 -- Short-listed for Black-Eyed Susan Award (Grades 6-9) 2011 -- Short-listed for Isinglass Teen Read Award 2012
NZ Review <p> Trash is a compelling read. The action is riveting and the secret codes throughout will appeal mystery fans - SchoolLibrary Journal, starred review <br><br> This gripping book engages readers both as an adventure and as a social justice story. Readers will be satisfied by the cinematic conclusion and the noble decision the heroes make. - Publishers Weekly, starred review <br><br> The three boys, and others, act as alternating narrators of the story, giving vivid descriptions of their lives. In spite of this, the boys' hope and determination for justice and the dilemmas they face with so much courage will impress readers. Recommended. - Library Media Connection

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Author's Bio

Andy Mulligan was brought up in South London. He worked as a theater director for ten years before travels in Asia prompted him to retrain as a teacher. He has taught English and drama in Britain, India, Brazil, and the Philippines. He now divides his time between London and Manila.

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