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Seventeen-year-old Johnny Least-Weasel knows that his grandfather Albert is a stubborn old man and won't stop checking his own traplines even though other men his age stopped doing so years ago. But Albert Least-Weasel has been running traplines in the Alaskan wilderness alone for the past sixty years. Nothing has ever gone wrong on the trail he knows so well. When Albert doesn't come back from checking his traps, with the temperature steadily plummeting, Johnny must decide quickly whether to trust his ...
Seventeen-year-old Johnny Least-Weasel knows that his grandfather Albert is a stubborn old man and won't stop checking his own traplines even though other men his age stopped doing so years ago. But Albert Least-Weasel has been running traplines in the Alaskan wilderness alone for the past sixty years. Nothing has ever gone wrong on the trail he knows so well. When Albert doesn't come back from checking his traps, with the temperature steadily plummeting, Johnny must decide quickly whether to trust his grandfather or his own instincts. Written in alternating chapters that relate the parallel stories of Johnny and his grandfather, this novel poignantly addresses the hardships of life in the far north, suggesting that the most dangerous traps need not be made of steel.
"In The Trap John Smelcer takes his readers into a frozen world, and keeps us there with a gripping example of talented storytelling. Unforgettable."—Tony Hillerman
"The Trap is a lovely story, beautifully told, the kind that makes you wade in and sink warmly into the cold, cold north of Alaska."—Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump
Posted August 27, 2009
Well, I basically hate it. :/ Sorry to ruin it for y'all, but I'm 13, I've had the book for two weeks, and I'm only on pg 75. I usually can read A LOT. I'm a reader, I love reading. I can read 200 pg books in a few hours, if they're good!
It's boring. I see no plot. Albert is stuck in the cold, and I'm just thinking "oh. wow. sucks for him. yawn."
It's just so boring. I can't get through it! Everyone says they were immediately captured.
Well, I'm most definitely NOT trapped in this book.
Posted March 12, 2009
Put on a long-sleeve shirt, a vest, a puffy jacket and depending on your fashion, a scarf or a hoody because we're going to one of the coldest places on earth, the Alaskan Tundra.
I was a chap that didn't like reading at all. I picked a book from my school's library shelf, read 2 pages, and threw it across the room. Until one day I was in the library (again trying to pick ANOTHER book) when I saw "The Trap" in the floor, lying, dead. I picked the book up and I actually liked the cover, so I read the summary in the back, and in the panels and I felt an attraction for the book. So, I checked it out and I just couldn't stop reading. Actually, the book caused me some problems with my teachers, for I was always reading the book in the middle of classes. After reading half of the book I knew that this was one of the best books that I have ever read and I have made a new literary friend, Johnny Least Weasel.
Johnny takes us through a fantastic journey of trust, respect and will. The Weasel family has been hunting all of their lives, especially Albert Least Weasel, an old man whose age has given him experience in hunting. Normally he'll go and check on his trap lines daily and return when the sun sets. But when Johnny's grandparent doesn't come back for 4 days Johnny will put on his Superhero suit and try and save his grandpa.
2 thoughts came to Johnny's mind before he leaves on his journey. Either 1, trust his grandparent's experience or two (and wait patiently until he gets back) or leave and try save him. This is where the reader begins shaking and biting his lips and nails.
There are factors that may act as barriers for Johnny. The weather, in which the cold can get to 60 degrees below cero, may destroy Johnny's fragile body. The wild life can eat Johnny entirely, for he doesn't have the necessary experience to go in the wild alone, as his grandma says. Lastly, he doesn't know where in the tundra his grandpop is. Either Johnny comes back with his grandparent and becomes the hero of the Alaskan Tundra or he dies along with his grandparent in the wild and get eaten by wolfs or bears.
The emotion I felt all through the book is how Johnny, as the book advances, gets tougher and tougher each time. This makes the reader stick to the book as if the book was the paper, and Johnny was the glue stick. If I could lift all my thumbs up (feet thumbs and hand thumbs) I would say 4 thumbs up for this book, unfortunately I can only lift 2, which makes me say this expression: 2 thumbs up for "The Trap" and John Smelcer.
Posted March 25, 2008
The Trap, written by John Smelcer is an adventurous and action-packed story. Albert Least-Weasel is an old character who has been checking his own trap lines for nearly seventy years now. He¿s an Indian man who¿s in his mid-eighty¿s. Most men stopped checking their own trap lines by the time they were sixty years old. Albert has a grandson named Johnny Least-Weasel. Albert has taught Johnny everything he knows. When Albert hadn¿t returned after four days of being out on his trap line, Johnny and his grandma began to worry. Where they lived, the winters were very harsh. At times, the average temperature would reach thirty degrees below zero. Johnny decides to go out on his snowmobile to look for Albert. To find out what Johnny finds on his long and frigid journey into the wild, you¿ll have to read the book yourself. I enjoyed this book. I could connect well to the stories that Johnny told about hunting and fishing through my own experiences. The Trap was easy to follow and understand. I liked this story¿s setting out in the snowy wild or in a cabin warmed by a wood burner. The Trap kind of reminds me of the wilderness and survival books written by well known author Gary Paulsen.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 27, 2007
Old aged Albert Least-Weasel had the perfect life. He had a hard-working and achieved grandson, his sons, and a warm, comfy cabin where his wife prepared his meals and spent time sewing gifts for her family. However, one day, things started to go wrong for this Indian and his family so that their lives would never be the same. In fact, things started to go very wrong. Because he lived in the cold, lonesome land of Antarctica, Albert needed a trap line to trap animals for food. On one trip on his trap line, though, Albert makes one little mistake that would change lives. Although very skilled in trapping animals, at one of the traps he accidentally lowers his foot into the dark metal teeth that were waiting and pleading impatiently to clomp shut. With a chuckle, Albert attempts to remove his foot, now trapped between the teeth of the metal. This book is good for those that enjoy suspense. Throughout the book, I found myself wondering, ¿Is he going to get his foot out of the trap?¿ In fact, the suspense was so strong that the book was hard to put down! Also, this book can be good for boys and girls, men and women of any age, because it was touching, while gripping at the same time. So don¿t let me hold you up, go out there and get this book! It¿s worth all of your time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 30, 2007
The Trap by John Smelcer is a thrilling and suspensful story of survival that all should read if given the chance. When Albert Least-Weasel finds himself trapped (Literally)in the heart of the Artic wild, the reader finds themself anticipating if he can dodge the next potentially fatal obsticle Mother Nature throws at him. I also find the concern one specific character feels for another extreamly relatable therefore the reader becomes emotionally attached to the story and its characters. Although short and seemingly simple this book will leave you contemplating the meaning of life and death long after you have read the last page.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 15, 2007