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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,478 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andy Mulligan Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In an unnamed Third World country, in the not-so-distant future, three “dumpsite boys” make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city. 

One unlucky-lucky day, Raphael finds something very special and very mysterious. So mysterious that he decides to keep it, even when the city police offer a handsome reward for its return. That decision brings with it terrifying consequences, and soon the dumpsite boys must use all of their cunning and courage to stay ahead of their pursuers. It’s up to Raphael, Gardo, and Rat—boys who have no education, no parents, no homes, and no money—to solve the mystery and right a terrible wrong.

Andy Mulligan has written a powerful story about unthinkable poverty—and the kind of hope and determination that can transcend it. With twists and turns, unrelenting action, and deep, raw emotion, Trash is a heart-pounding, breath-holding novel. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Trash is a compelling read. The action is riveting and the secret codes throughout will appeal mystery fans School Library Journal, starred review

  • This gripping book engages readers both as an adventure and as a social justice story. Readers will be satisfied by the cinematic conclusion and the noble decision the heroes make. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • The three boys, and others, act as alternating narrators of the story, giving vivid descriptions of their lives. In spite of this, the boys’ hope and determination for justice and the dilemmas they face with so much courage will impress readers. Recommended. Library Media Connection

  • A 2010 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kerry | 2/20/2014

    " I bought this book for my daughter and decided to read it myself as she was really impressed with it. It's a wonderful story about 3 boys who live and work on a rubbish tip. One day they find something which turns their world and life as they know it upside down. Taking them on a dangerous and thrilling adventure. A wonderful read for all ages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jen | 2/17/2014

    " The beginning of the book was very well written and I was into the book, however as the storyline progressed, I just got confused. It was the first time in a long time that I just wanted to stop reading a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bridget | 2/16/2014

    " This book has an interesting plot, but it wasn't cohesive enough for me. It's told from multiple perspectives and randomly inserts a different type of print to make it not just a first person narrative. However, the voices aren't nearly distinct enough and the non-narrative pieces to few and far between. I had higher hopes. It was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Arlie | 1/28/2014

    " Interesting story - told from several points of view. Three boys who live on a garbage dump find something valuable in the trash - the find involves corruption, murder, and scandal: they are not the only ones after the package. Set in a fictional version of the Philippines (although the country is never named). A good read for high school students. "

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