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Rollercoasters: Trash Reader

Educational edition of this page-turning, hard-hitting adventure story

Andy Mulligan

Suitable for:  KS3, 11-14

Price:  £9.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-913716-9
Publication date: 10/05/2012
Paperback: 248 pages
Dimensions: 198x129mm

Availability: In stock.

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Soon to be made into a film, Raphael, Gardo and Rat are three street kids who sort through mountains of trash for anything they can sell or recycle. When they come across a mysterious bag amongst the rubbish, containing a key and a wallet, they are soon on the run, using their wits and quick tongues to stay ahead of the police.


  • Brilliantly written by English teacher Andy Mulligan and shortlisted for a number of awards
  • The ideal way to engage students with contemporary discussions about poverty and excess
  • Multiple perspectives allow for discussion of narrative techniques
  • Supported by extensive teacher resources online and student-focused Reading Guides
  • Durable, soft cover your students will want to pick up

This page was last updated on 12 July 2020 at 12:30 GMT


  • The story has an infectious energy...This is a highly entertaining and very satisfying book which should be recommended to all. It needs to be read. - The Bookseller
  • Mulligan raises issues of corruption, poverty, waste and excess in an exciting, but also grimly sad tale. - The Financial Times
  • Trash is a brilliant book. It's vibrant, exciting and incredibly well-written. - John Boyne - author of 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'
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