Review: Trash by Andy Mulligan

Genre: YA Fiction

About the Book: 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. Three street-boys against the world - can they win?

About 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.

Review: A breath of fresh air. A Young Adult fiction novel about PEOPLE...not vampires, fallen angels or werewolves!! Who would have thought? Reminisant of an Enid Blyton adventure story, not unlike the Famous Five or the Secret Seven (remember those??) but with a good dose of gritty reality. I had to keep remininding myself that although this was fiction, children like our heros Raphael, Gardo and Rat still live and survive in our world today.

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