Kid’s Book Review: Welcome to Trashland

Kid’s Book Review: Welcome to Trashland

About the Book and Author

A search for treasure reveals the toxic consequences of modern life in this thrilling adventure set against the usual backdrop of the world’s largest e-waste dump in West Africa. It is written by Steve Cole and contains black and white illustrations by Oriol Vidal. It is published by Barrington Stoke and is suitable for readers aged 8 – 12 years.

Theo lives and works in Agbogbloshie in Ghana, a vast dumping ground for the world’s broken electronics. He spends his days scouring the trash for scraps of metal to sell for cash, while dreaming of going to school and escaping this harsh life. The money Theo makes is barely enough to pay for lessons, so when Emmanuel turns up with talk of buried treasure, Theo sees a chance to get out of Trashland.
But Emmanuel’s presence draws the attention of a local gang, and Theo starts to wonder if his new friend is keeping dangerous secrets …



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Steve Cole author

Steve Cole was chosen by Ian Fleming Publications to succeed Charlie Higson as the writer for Young Bond, a series that follows the explosive adventures of the teenage James Bond. His other bestselling titles include Z. Rex, Thieves Like Us, Doctor Who and Astrosaurs. In other careers, Steve has worked as an editor of books and magazines for readers of all ages. You can read our kid’s review of World Burn Down.

Oriol Vidal is an illustrator and storyboard artist living in Barcelona, Spain. He has created illustrations and stunning cover artwork for many children’s books including the Branford Boase winner Kick. Oriol has also worked on several animated television productions.

Book Review

This story is a thrilling mystery with an unexpected twist

This book is about a dumping ground in Africa, and two friends that try to find treasure. The two friends are called Theo and Emanuel, but we don’t really understand why Emanuel is so secretive with Theo until later in the story.

This story is a thrilling mystery with an unexpected twist involving Emanuel and a truck. This book has been set apart form other stories by having fictional characters, but a non-fiction setting.

This setting is an important lesson for us all in how we can change the world and protect the environment before we all end up living in Trash Land.

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Arthur junior blogger
  • Name: Arthur
  • Age: 9 years
  • Likes: Lego, maths and pepperoni pizza
  • Dislikes: eggs and mushrooms
  • Favourite Book: All of them!
  • Favourite Film: Paddington
  • Favourite Song: Everything is Awesome!!! by Tegan and Sara