Who would have ever thought that kids and adults alike would have to dig
through garbage for a living? But here in Behala, India, they do. Digging
and sorting through the garbage all day just to find stuff to sell and
trade. But thatís how they earn their living. Raphael and Gardo have been
there their whole lives and have never found anything very interesting,
until one day they do! The two boys find a bag with some very mysterious
contents. They have no idea what the stuff is, but being boys of fourteen
they decide to keep it. Even when the police come looking for the bag,
offering a huge reward for the person who finds it, even then they keep it.
The police coming makes them even more eager to keep it. Now that they know
itís important, they are determined to find out what it all means. So they
head out with their smart little friend, Jun-Jun, more commonly known as
Rat. Will the three boys find out what the secrets in the bag are or will
the police find them first?
WONDERFUL!! Thatís the only word that comes to my mind when I think about
the book Trash. This book is a perfect example of the saying ďDonít
judge a book by its cover.Ē Because I donít think a book named Trash
would be anyoneís first choice of book. But Trash is different,
special, amazing! And the way it is written is beautiful. It is one of
those books where the characters all take turns writing parts of the book.
But in Trash it just seems different, because it seems that the
author changed how he wrote for each character. You also really get to know
each character because when they first tell their part of the story, they
talk about who they are, what their story is. I found that really cool! I
also felt really touched by this story because the concept and storyline are
half true, at least when it comes to the kids picking through the garbage at
Behala. Thatís real. I really liked how Andy Mulligan took that concept and
turned it into a fast paced, exciting adventure. It also lets you know how
not everybody in our world is treated the same way. A sad truth and an
exciting thriller, a perfect book! Trash reminded me a lot of one
other book that Iíve read. I know many people have read this book and loved
it. Itís called The City of Ember, written by Jeanne DuPrau. These
two books are so similar and I hope that one day Trash is a book that
is talked about and loved by many!
I give Andy Mulliganís Trash five stars out of five!!