by Andy Mulligan
Raphael, Gardo, and Rat have never known a life without want. Their days are not spent in school, but sorting through the trash dump looking for things they can use or sell. Then one day their lives change with what they find. It may have seemed to be just a simple brown leather satchel, but the map it contained would lead them to a treasure that would change their lives forever. As long as they lived long enough to find it.
Mulligan's book is told through through the alternating perspectives of Raphael, Gardo and Rat, as well as other important characters who appear throughout the book. While the writing itself is not stellar, and the story itself is a bit underdeveloped. the 3 boys are decent characters who hold your attention. The story does seem to come together a bit superficially, how 3 mostly illiterate boys are able to decipher a complex code is just a little unbelievable. Overall it's good for a quick read for those who like a bit of adventure and danger in their books.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age Level: 6th Grade