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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  5,538 ratings  ·  1,020 reviews
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 decis
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by David Fickling Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Kristina He stole because that money never belonged to his master. The money was meant for the poor and his master stole it. That and he hated his master…moreHe stole because that money never belonged to his master. The money was meant for the poor and his master stole it. That and he hated his master because of the corruption.(less)
Jessica Corruption in politics and leadership. Gap between rich and poor. How difficult it is, in many countries, to climb out of poverty and achieve wealth.…moreCorruption in politics and leadership. Gap between rich and poor. How difficult it is, in many countries, to climb out of poverty and achieve wealth. Western right to education compared with inaccessibility of education to poor in many countries.(less)

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K.D. Absolutely
Nov 16, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to K.D. by: Tina
Shelves: local, ya
Trash by Andrew "Andy" Mulligan, a British theatre director, drama teacher and now novelist is set most likely in the Philippines. Why? He used the places that are familiar to us Filipinos: Smoky Mountain (for us it is spelled with an "e" as in Smokey), Green Hills (Greenhills is a shopping center in San Juan where the former president/vice-president/senator, Joseph Estrada lives), McKinley Hill and the currency is in pesos and the country celebrates All Soul's Day on November 2nd when people fl ...more
Clare Cannon
May 25, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 13 years - adults

What an amazing book! Three dumpsite boys live by sifting rubbish and looking for things to sell. One day they discover a deadly secret which they must decipher and try to fathom, and which they must risk their lives to keep hidden from the police.

Mulligan's writing is crystal clear: each voice is unique, telling the story as it happens from a different of point of view, which gives credibility and depth and sets an incredible pace.

It is a confronting tale of the corruption of power and the imp
Wonderful. This book is just wonderful. Despite the connotation of the word, Trash is far from being, well, trash. It’s more of a gem actually, if I may say. So what made me want to read this book? Curiosity. Who wouldn’t be curious about a novel that is about his own country? With these, I’ll tell you in three parts the reasons why I like this book : the setting, the characters, the plot.

The setting

Although there is no mention about it in the book, Trash is most probably set in the Philippines.

داستان وختی از زبون بچّهها بیان بشه، خیلی سادهس. اینداستان، هم ایده و هم شیوهی داستانپردازیش و عناصر داستانیش، ساده بود. نحوهی گرهافکنی و گرهگشایی و تعلیق امّا، فوقالعاده. ریتم و گام نرمی داره. برا من روزی که شروعش کردم، تا نصفش پیش رفتم و چون خوابم گرف، ادامه دادم. وگرنه همونطور ادامه میدادم. داستان حرفاش خیلی عمیقه؛ ینی با همهی سادگیاش، وختی کتابو میبندی، باید چندین روز بهش فک کنی و با افسوس، سرتو تکون بدی. از فساد اقتصادی و سیاسی میگه و فقر و محرومیّت جامعه. و خصوصاً، از ظلمی که همیشهی خدا به
Well, I heard about this book and it seemed like an interesting concept. Then my friend read it and he told me that I had to read it because he read a book I picked out last time. I must say: reading this book was torture for me. I finished it over 2 days and that was w/ me skimming over the 2nd 1/2.

The characters weren't really developed enough for me. And the book is told through the different characters POV which I usually like. But the writing wasn't that great therefore it didn't draw me in
I know I am over-excited by any book I read, and I know I always say I love a book and that everyone should read it. I know that. But right now, when I am going to say what I am going to say about this book, you need to forget anything I have ever said on any book I ever reviewed on this blog.
I may love werewolves, fantasy, dystopian universes, funky writing styles and kick-ass heroines but all of this is irrelevant and superfluous. If you read one book this year, just a single one, make sure yo
Kirsty (overflowing library)
This book was totally different from anything else I have read so far this year. It hit on a variety of topics which made me think and was generally a nice read.

The story was told from the point of view of three boys (along with ocassional commentary from other secondary characters) who live and work in trash, namely the city landfill site. They make their living from wading through the rubbish thrown out by the people in the city they live in. The first thing that really struck home for me whil

Far from diverting attention from the Philippines, the seemingly insignificant details that Andy Mulligan utilized in Trash even serve to reinforce the idea that the story was actually set in our very own Manila, particularly in that hectares-big dumpsite called Payatas. (Smoky Mountain, the old dumpsite in Tondo, has since been closed and abandoned. In the book, Payatas was renamed Behala.) Aside from familiar places in the metro and the very Filipino names, most telling, in my opinion, is
Aly (Fantasy4eva)

Reading experience is more of a 3.5. The book though, is a 3. (if that makes sense).

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i happen to have this cover. as i'm reading along, it seems more and more tragically beautiful to me. by far my favourite cover of the book. [Update] I now see that my cover features Garbo (I'm assuming since he's bald). But the cover the review features also really connects with me now. After reading this book, it will hold so much meaning. This is why I love covers that are actually relevant to the
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Linda Lipko
This book took my breath away for the sheer beauty of the writing and the depth in which the author told a tale of poverty and the stark disparity of those who have and those who are without even basic needs.

It is a story of political graft and corruption that occurs systemically on all levels of the hierarchy. It is a story of brave young boys who pay a high price for a dream of a better existence.

With no hope of a better life, a large population of poor pick and sort garbage. Living and workin
Green Bean
Raphael Fernández is a trash boy. He lives with his Auntie in a tiny shack, in a stinking, sprawling shanty-town, in an unnamed third-world country, scraping together a dismal living foraging for scrap metal, tire treads, whatever shabby stock the dump site, Behala, might yield on any given day. Raphael's daily life is grueling, his prospects bleak, until he and Gardo, his hard-boiled blood brother, unearth a veritable treasure--the wallet of a dead-man brimming with bills and the key to a lugga ...more
Erika  Forth
Raphael lives and works at a dump in a third world country. He spends his days mucking through trash and muck, hoping to find something he can sell. One day, he comes across a mysterious object that was thrown away. When the police come looking for the item, Raphael and his two friends decide to unravel the mystery of what the object means.

Trash is a great mystery novel for younger readers, but what is most important about this book is how it really portrayed the horrors of poverty very well. It
Raphael and his friends have grown up in a slum town built amidst a rubbish dump, spending their days sorting through rubbish for anything that they can sell to get money for food. They have all dreamed of finding something valuable but when Raphael finds a bag containing money, a key and a letter life nothing will ever be the same again. With corrupt policemen looking for the bag they are now in great danger - it is very easy for street kids to disappear and there is no one who can stop it happ ...more
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.

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 i
Allison Reed
Andy Mulligan’s Trash succeeds in telling an intelligent story of mystery for children though it does have its drawbacks.

Mulligan’s characters, 3 young boys named Raphael, Gardo, and Jun-Jun or Rat, do not seem to have a different voice as they trade the responsibility of writing the chapters of this story. I, personally, found myself having to constantly look back to see who was speaking at the time; often I found I did not even care enough to look back, as it often did not matter who was tel
This is probably one of my favorite books of all time! I recommend it to everyone and anyone. Found out today that they have made a movie based on Trash. Looks really good! (Though it is almost impossible for it to be better than the book!)
All I can say is Andy Mulligan pulls no punches in TRASH. People do live this way; people do really do these things. The squalor that he describes, the corruption that he explains, the harsh treatment meted out by authorities. All these things are fact for a good number of people here. And yet, the positives like the kindness of strangers, the charity of others, the connectedness of family, were not discounted.

So the message? While there is a lot of trash, there’s also a lot to be thankful for.
Nicole Rodrigues
This is a good book. The only reason why I couldn't connect with it was because I'm not used to read books like this, I'm more used to read fantasy books and this one is SO real. Not in a bad way at all, because it's really good to show us that money isn't everything in this world. Money doesn't buy love or even happiness.
Trash is an exciting third world story about three boys who live off what they find while digging through trash. One day they find a very important letter while digging in the trash. They find out all they can about the man who wrote the letter. They find out that the letter was being written to a man in prison. Now its up to them to set things right. Raphael gets taken in to be questioned about the letter and he gets badly bruised. They go through more police chases later on during their advent ...more
Anastasia Cynthia
“Siapa yang tahu apa yang bakal kautemukan selagi memilah-milah sampah! Mungkin saja ini hari keberuntunganmu.” –Trash ‘Anak-Anak Pemulung’, hlm. 3

Hari itu mungkin hari keberuntungan Raphael Fernández. Di antara tumpukan sampah, tempatnya bekerja, ia menemukan hal lain selain tinja dalam bungkusan kering. Gardo, sahabat terbaiknya, sudah mengamati dari jauh ketika ia memasukkan tas kulit itu secara diam-diam. Seulas cengiran tersungging di sudut bibir. Isi tas itu seribu seratus peso dan mereka
I read this book because it was on a list of possible books my 6th grader would read and I wanted to preview it for age-appropriateness.
For any other parents reading this, know that the descriptions of poverty and abuse were very real and troubling. It's hard for me as an adult to fathom the world of children living on landfills, sorting through trash for their livelihoods.
But, while this is the setting of the story, the plot is a very exciting heist/thriller that will captivate many readers.
Angharad Roberts
Trash is a thrilling novel written by Andy Mulligan. It is written about three children: Raphael, Gardo and Rat. These three dumpsite boys discover a once-in-a-lifetime find, but this find puts them in great danger. The novel is narrated by different characters as the story develops. This book delivers the powerful message that 'nothing can happen without money'. The story starts of in a dumpsite 'it's a place they call Behala, and it's rubbish town'. There are lots of people, of all ages, sifti ...more
Le Brésil est un pays qui me fait rêver depuis pas mal de temps. Je rêve de le visiter, de découvrir ce pays magique aux couleurs flamboyantes et magiques.
C'est pourquoi, quand le film est sorti, je me suis précipité dans mon cinéma pour aller le voir. J'ai adoré. Enfin un film qui nous montre la dureté de la vie dans les favelas brésiliennes !
Naturellement, j'ai acheté le livre.
Et le livre m'a autant plu que le film. C'est rare que ça arrive mais ça arrive.
Gros coup de coeur pour l'histoire d
Book Review by Emily DeVeyra

The author is Andy Mullian. The illustrator is Alan scragg. The genre is adventure. Trash was adventurous and tragic. I think it was adventurous because they went on so many adventures. It's also tragic because even the the ending was happy, the beginning and the middle were sad. The ending was a little sad too. Like the police beats up Raphael in the beginning.

In Trash, there are many narrators but the main narrators are Raphael and Gardo. The point of v
Sifting through trash to survive- a horrible thought- that may be a reality. Trash shows a side that third world countries of not often considered. While there is a water crisis in Africa, the people of Trash are having a different problem on the other side of the world-possibly mexico or south America-for a living,people sift through mountains of trash. Ever since you can crawl, you sort garbage. But when something special gets thrown out, three boys living in horrible poverty find out the trut ...more
The author is Andy mulligan. The cover art copy right is Alex Williamson. And the illustrator is Alan scragg .He also wrote a book called two heads. It is dystopia and the sub-genre is futurististic. It was an adventurous story .it was read in first person point of view in the voice of Raphael. It was his own story from what he experienced. It told the story as he saw it.
This is the story of Raphael and his friends, Gardo, Jun, and pia. Who lived at a dump site and had little money. So they woul
 Fernando Brito
Book report on trash by Fernando


A) Author: Andy Mulligan. Illustrator is Alan Scragg he made more books called “RibbleStopForever.” He also made a book called “The Boy with 2 Heads.
B) Style: the genre is adventurous and the sub-genre is fiction!
C) Voice: there are more than one narrator like Grace, Gardo, Jun-Jun.
D) Teaser : A fourteen year old named Raphael and his friend Gardo and Jun-Jun live in a dump site in Behala Raphael finds a bag with a wallet inside and it had a ID A Key
St Clare's Library
Oh, wow, this book was amazing! I haven't been able to put it down for the last 5 days. I can't believe I hadn't heard about it as it has won awards in England and is now being made into a film - so read it here first! This absolutely gripping story is about 3 boys - Raphael, Gardo and Rat - who live on a garbage tip in Manilla, as many kids do in real life. They spend all day sorting through the city's garbage trying to find anything to sell, just so they and their families can eat. Then one da ...more
Kehidupan yang dijalani anak-anak pada buku ini mungkin mirip dengan kehidupan yang banyak dijalani oleh anak-anak Indonesia di perkotaan. Bergaul dengan sampah,sampah adalah sumber penghidupan. Persisnya kapan juga ngga tau pasti, tapi ada suatu saat pemulung menjadi satu kebangkitan timbulnya mata pencaharian.

Pergulatan orang-orang termasuk anak-anak dengan sampah bukan hanya pergumulan dengan bau,kotoran dan penyakit tetapi juga pertaruhan dengan maut. Gunungan sampah yang dapat runtuh kapan
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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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“With the right key you can bust the door wide open. Because nobody's going to open it for you.” 23 likes
“I learned perhaps more than any university could ever teach me. I learned that the world revolves around money. There are values and virtues and morals; there are relationships and trust and love---and all of that is important. Money, however, is more important and it is dripping all the time, like precious water. Some drink deep; others thirst. Without money, you shrivel and die. The absence of money is drought in which nothing can grow. Nobody knows the value of water until they've lived in a dry, dry place---like Behala. So many people, waiting for the rain.” 10 likes
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