Saturday, April 2, 2011

Recommendation: 'Trash' by Andy Mulligan

Trash by Andy Mulligan

Just when I thought every teen book was about vampires, here's another good little thriller.

Trash by Andy Mulligan is set in a place they call Behala, in the Philippines.Behala is a massive sprawling rubbish dump. One of the ones we've seen photos in magazines of children with baskets on their back and handkerchiefs over their mouths picking through the rubbish. Raphael, Gardo and Rat all live at the rubbish dump.During the day they scavenge through the stuppa (when you don't have flush toilets the waste gets placed in bags and it's called stuppa) in the vain hope that they might just find something of worth. It's never much, broken toys, torn and ripped clothing. Useless junk. Until one day they find a wallet with money and a key in it. From there the mystery and action begins. The police come looking for the wallet, but the boys are off to find out what is in the locker that the key unlocks. What they find is a code to something. Something they know the police want and also the vice president of the Philippines. It's the old cliché about a race against time. Who will get what the code revels first?

Trash is a quick read. Pretty simple in its setting. The story swaps a between different characters narrating a chapter. That could have been done better as they is no difference in style or speech for each character. The author would have been better sticking to one. That said, it’s an enjoyable read for younger teens.

- Barry

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