A book that will touch the world. This is trash of the 24-carat gold variety.
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.
And now it's three street-boys against the world...
“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”
Sally Morris, Daily Mail
“One of my favourite novels of 2010, now in paperback with a new cover look. Reminiscent of Slumdog Millionaire, three dumpsite boys take on the world in this gripping and intensely moving story . . . Harrowing, exhilarating, humbling and quite brilliant”
Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
“Outstanding, hotly anticipated thriller . . . an exceptionally satisfying plot”
Amanda Craig, The Times
“Great stuff: taut, plausible and thought-provoking”
Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph
“Trash is 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”
Suzi Feay, Financial Times
“Wonderful - an exciting story with engaging characters told in a clever way with spare but lyrical prose . . . Trash comes highly recommended by me, and I don't have time to say any more about it because I'm off to read it again. And after that, I might read it again. And then again. You read it too”
“A superbly original tale”
Natasha Harding, The Sun
“This is a highly entertaining and very satisfying book which should be recommended to all. It needs to be read.”
Marilyn Brocklehurst, The Bookseller
“Harrowing, exhilarating, humbling and quite brilliant”
“Headlong and heart-stopping, this is an adventure you just can't put down”
Julia Eccleshare, Love Reading 4 Kids
“There is danger, and action, and periods of lying low - the tension is well developed and the climax gloriously appropriate. This was a very exciting read, and I certainly recommend it”
Diana Barnes, Write Away!
“A cracker of a thriller . . . a zippy and classic briefcase-full-of-money thrill ride”
Kirkus Review USA
“An exciting thriller about justice and courage pitted against ruthless corruption that takes readers into perilous places and prepares them for Oliver Twist”
Amanda Craig, The Times
“A brilliant book I cannot recommend highly enough”
Charlie Higson, Mail on Sunday
“Exciting and fast moving as the story is, it also tugs at your heartstrings and reminds the reader that there are many young people for whom this way of life is reality. Unmissable!”
Pat Tate, Carousel
“This is a powerful and gripping story that takes us into some painful places, but makes us believe that transformation is possible - that the vulnerable and weak can sometimes triumph against a whole system. I would very highly recommend it”
“Often funny, more often very moving”
John Boyne, The Gloss
“While readers will delight in the excitement and adventure of this story, they will also learn about the poverty and difficulties faced by many children throughout the world and about the consequences of corruption in government”
Marianne Saccardi, Greenwich Citizen
“The chase leads them throughout the city, exposing the great disparity between the "haves" and the "have nots," and the huge injustice this represents. They face moral dilemmas throughout and, ultimately, make good decisions. Their intelligence and characters make the condition in which they live seem even more unfair”
Kristin Anderson, School Library Journal
“An exciting read full of suspense. This will appeal to boys and to girls, and could act as a stimulus to classroom discussion of poverty, child workers, recycling in third world countries and the misuse of economic and political power”