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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!

Paperback, Book. English. Fiction 13+. Young adult fiction. Suspense fiction. Adventure.
Published Oxford: David Fickling, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: Andy Mulligan
ISBN: 1849920567, 9781849920568
Intended audience: Adolescent.
Note: Originally published: 2010.
Physical Description: 215 p. ; 20 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 South 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 Britain, India, Brazil and the Philippines.

Andy's novelTrashhas been published in twenty-two languages and is now a Bafta-nominated major film directed by Stephen Daldry and scripted by Richard Curtis.


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

Back cover copy

Three friends.
Raphael, Gardo and Rat.
Living on a heap of trash, a lifetime of sifting rubbish.
One day they find something extraordinary - a deadly secret. From that moment they are hunted without mercy.
With danger snatching at their heels, the boys are chased from the city's dirty gutters to its wealthy avenues. But they can't run forever. They need a miracle.
'Harrowing, exhilarating, humbling and quite brilliant'The Bookseller

'One of the most exciting and original novels of the year'Daily Mail

'A brilliant book . . . Vibrant, exciting and incredibly well-written' John Boyne, author ofThe Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

'Outstanding'The Times