Synopsis: '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 and fast-talking to stay ahead. As the net tightens, they uncover a dead man's mission to put right a terrible wrong. And now it's three street boys against the world...'
Do not be put off by the thought that this novel is all about poverty and violence. While these themes underline the story, what shines through is courage,friendship,loyalty and honesty. The extremes of poverty and wealth are explored through the journey the 'dump' boys embark upon. While it is easy to feel sympathy for these boys, they themselves do not feel sorry for themselves. The boys find a lot of positive things in their life, a lot, we take for granted.
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