Andy Mulligan’s Trash



Book cover by Richard Collingridge


Andy Mulligan’s trash picker coming of age novel came out in the U.S. this week. Above is the whimsical British edition cover. The U.S. cover is a bit different.



Random House cover


Whatever the packaging, it sounds like a good read.

Here’s a description from Random House:

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.

The publisher is hosting some sort of confusing Twitter scavenger hunt that offers the chance to win a free copy. Anyway, the kids book reviewers seem to think it’s worth reading.


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