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Mulligan, Andy

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!

Hardback, Book. English. Adventure. Fiction 13+. Young adult fiction. Suspense fiction.
Published Oxford: David Fickling, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: Andy Mulligan
ISBN: 0385619014, 9780385619011
Intended audience: Adolescent.
Physical Description: 209 p. ; 23 cm.
Subject: Manual scavengers Fiction.; Street children Fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 5.1
Interest Level: MY
Points: 8
Quiz Number: 221198

Author note

Andy Mulliganwas 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.


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
The Daily Mail||Outstanding, hotly anticipated thriller . . . an exceptionally satisfying plot
The Times||Trashis 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
Financial Times||Great stuff: taut, plausible and thought-provoking
Daily Telegraph||The story has an infectious energy . . . A highly entertaining and very satisfying book which should be recommended to all. It needs to be read

Back cover copy

My name is Raphael Fernndez and I am a dumpsite boy.