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Trash: Trash the Novel

Year 7 English




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Interview with Andy Mulligan

Andy Mulligan: How I wrote Trash in 10 days straight - The Guardian article, 3 February 2015.

Andy Mulligan talks Trash - The Guardian article, 21 December 2010 by Michelle Pauli.

Trash Movie Trailer

YouTube -- BOEKENTIPS IN 1 MINUUT -- "I sat down, I had 2 weeks, and the book just came tumbling out. It was like laying an egg. It's a book that came out fully formed." -- Andy Mulligan, teacher, London.

Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, Raphael's world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It's a bag of clues. It's a bag of hope. It's a bag that will change everything. Soon Raphael and his friends Gardo and Rat are running for their lives. Wanted by the police, it takes all their quick-thinking, fast-talking to stay ahead. As the net tightens, they uncover a dead man's mission to put right a terrible wrong.

Life in a Cambodian dumpsite

Life in a Cambodian Rubbish Dump is an article published on ABC News written by Amy Simmons about Omar Havana, a Spanish photojournalist, and his experience over seven months getting to know and document the lives of people living among a Cambodian rubbish dump. 


Andy Mulligan


Best known for his young adult fiction - and 'Trash' in particular - Andy is a prolific author writing radio plays and screenplays as well as prose-fiction. He has won The Guardian Children's Fiction prize, and been shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. His books have been translated into thirty-two languages.

FAQ's on Trash with Andy Mulligan 


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.

Study Guides

Publisher's Teachers' Resources This is Penguin Random House, the publisher's resource for teachers which includes useful information for students studying Trash by Andy Mulligan. 

LitCharts - This study guide includes links to detailed information on plot summaryanalysisthemesquotes and character analysis

Publisher's Reader's Guide This is Penguin Random House, the publisher's reading guide, containing discussion questions.


Teacher Resource