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Trash by Andy Mulligan
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Jul 28, 2012

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Three “waste picker” boys—Raphael, Gardo and Rat—live in Behala, a.k.a. “Trash City,” in a third-world country. After Raphael finds some mysterious items and 1,000 pesos in a bag while digging through the trash heap, he soon learns that the Behala police are looking for it, too. And they’re not messing around. When the cops tag the boys as suspects, their lives are turned upside down as the cops aggressively pursue them with frightening zeal. In light of the terrifying brutality and squalor inherent to Behala's landscape, even Trash’s sympathetic characters are not without regrettable human flaws. Although written for older teens, Trash can be enjoyed by adults (and was cross-marketed as such). It is a seemingly realistic portrayal of “dumpsite” kids who survive as waste pickers in Brazil and India today. (Russ K., Reference)

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