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Headlong and heart-stopping, this is an adventure you just can’t put down. When Raphael and Gardo find a bag among the piles of steaming rubbish which they spend all day everyday sorting through, they just think it is a good find. But soon the police arrive in their shanty town and it is not long before the boys and their friend the Rat are caught up in a terrifying, nail biting fight for survival as they try to unravel a mystery with the police hot on their heels.

The boys and the few adults they have to involve tell their parts of the story picking up where each other left off and propelling the story forward at a great pace.

Synopsis

Trash by Andy Mulligan

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 and 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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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 * Daily Mail * One of my favourite novels of 2010, now in paperback with a new cover look. Reminiscent of Slumdog Millionaire, three dumpsite boys take on the world in this gripping and intensely moving story . . . Harrowing, exhilarating, humbling and quite brilliant -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller * Outstanding, hotly anticipated thriller . . . an exceptionally satisfying plot -- Amanda Craig * The Times * Great stuff: taut, plausible and thought-provoking -- Toby Clements * Daily Telegraph * 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 *


About the Author

Andy Mulligan

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

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Book Info

Publication date

12th June 2014

Author

Andy Mulligan

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Publisher

David Fickling Books an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Format

Paperback
224 pages

Categories

NewGen - YA Fiction
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Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage)
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781909531130

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