Book review by Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Powerful adventure about dumpsite kids a true treasure.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 15 reviews

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age 12+

Not for the little ones

Trash is a decent book, but the language is simply not appropriate for primary schoolers. There's one particular interrogation which proves my point. A police officer calls Raphael, the protagonist, a piece of s***. There's also lots of hitting and threatening to throw Raphael out of the window and leave him slowly dying on the concrete. The main characters, which are children, regularly smoke, drink and swear. On the positive side, this novel shows teenagers how fortunate they are, and what really goes on in Third World Countries.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 11+

It would be appealing to teens or children 11/12 yr old

I think it was a good book and the children really enjoyed it especially my oldest who is 12yrs old - she absolutely loved it - but I would've given it 5 stars if it didn't have that much violence in it.

This title has:

Too much violence

Book Details

  • Author: Andy Mulligan
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publication date: October 12, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 12
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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For kids who love adventure and mystery

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