“Raphael is a 14 year-old boy who lies in an unnamed third world country in the future. Raphael, and others like him, pick through the garbage to make money and survive. One day, Raphael finds a bag that contains some items that the police are in search of. The police offer a large reward for the bag and it's contents but Raphael is hesitant to hand it over. With the help of two other boys, Gardo and Rat, the mystery of the bag is revealed. I chose to read this book because I enjoy reading some futuristic books and I love mysteries. After reading the blurb, I wanted to learn more about what the boys found and why it was so important. The genre of this book is futuristic fiction and mystery. This book is appropriate for grades 5-8. My tip for teachers is to demonstrate how a story can be told from many perspectives as the story goes from character to character and how the reader knows by reading a short amount of the text who the character narrating is. ”Leah wrote this review Monday, November 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Life as a trash boy doesn't seem so great, but from Raphael, Gardo, and Rat's point of view, you never know what type of treasure you'll find. And that's how the mystery all began.
One day while digging through the giant mound of trash searching for whatever they could find, they found something unusual. A wallet with money, an ID, and a picture of a little girl. When they find that the police want what they have found, they know they have a mystery to solve, and their up for the challenge. I think that the story is goo, but I think that in the first half of the book it got a little boring. There wasn't enough action going on for a mystery book. I liked the story, but think Andy Mulligan could of told it better.”
“My 5th grade teacher read this book to my class. Great book about three boys who find something picking through trash that the police come looking for...”Josh Lipman wrote this review Monday, October 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A fascinating read which had a very immersive plot, although for the first chapters you are blindly reading your way through. In the beginning of the book, there is the normal amount of set-up and introduction, which occurs at the beginning of any book. However, the introduction/set up drags on for the first couple of chapters, so you really have to make a commitment to finishing the book. Your patience will be well-rewarded though, with a fast-moving, engaging plotline that spins you away into the world of Raphael, Rat, and co, who search and sort through the dumpsite of an unnamed third-world country. Andy Mulligan does a fantastic job of weaving the characters together and capturing the personalities of all of the different characters. Overall, a rewarding read!”Nick Kuenstler wrote this review Wednesday, September 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“not a good book”Lasagna#Jack wrote this review Wednesday, September 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Families are so poor that they have to live in the dump. When Raphael finds a wallet the police want for a mystery he won't let them have it. The police even take Raphael to prison, but he gets away with them thinking he didn't find the waller. Gardo, and Jun-jun work together to find the 6 Million dollars that went missing. I really liked how the author makes the book one big race to see who can find the money first, the kids or the grown-ups.”Art Lover Maddie wrote this review Friday, September 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Trash takes place "in some 3rd world country" its about 3 boys Raphael, Gardo, and Jun Jun (rat) who live in Bahalla, the garbage dump picking from the scraps for a living. one day Raphael and Gardo find a wallet with 1100 peasos and an id, later the police come, a bit pancked his auntie says that they found something Raphael claims that it was a shoe but the police offer 10,000 paesos to the finder and 1,000 to everyone else but the garbage boys give it to rat to hide it after two days the police take in Raphael and giving him a EXTREAMLY intense scene in which they threaten to throw him out a window, after that they throw him out to wander around until finally he gets back to bahalla and they learn that he jose the id they found had stolen 6 million dollars from the vice presedent after many more fluently written scenes with chases and secrets finally the garbage boys get the 6 million and make a living out of fishing ”zach, the bookworm wrote this review Sunday, September 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fourteen-year-old Raphael lives in Behala, a rubbish town; with best friend Gardo. They work the dump looking for items that can be resold. On a good day each can make 200 pesos, on a bad day only 50. On an “unlucky-lucky day” Raphael finds a bag and wallet with money, an ID, photos, a map and a key. That night the police show up asking if anyone found a leather bag; the boys move their find into Rat’s care and deny any knowledge. The challenge of figuring out how all the pieces fit sends the boys down a dangerous path. The three labor over each item, showing ingenuity and pluck as they unravel the mystery - with the police at their heels. The author captures the reader – with the culture of poverty in this unnamed place, with the resourcefulness of these three boys, with the well-told adventure-mystery in his story.
Excellent – story, writing, characterization. Oh my, what a good read!”
“A story that opens by horiffying you to think the dumpsite these children live in is based on a real place and real people. This leads on to be a mysterious revealing tale about beating the odds and fighting to find the truth even if it seems impossible. It's about learning to trust again and realizing everyone is different.”Zoe wrote this review Saturday, August 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No