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Trapped
     

Trapped

by James Moloney, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
 

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David’s new town is boring until he discovers a big drainpipe that looks perfect for skateboarding. He can’t resist exploring the huge cement tunnel. Then he hears something odd. Someone else is inside the tunnel, in the darkness, where no living person should be.

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David’s new town is boring until he discovers a big drainpipe that looks perfect for skateboarding. He can’t resist exploring the huge cement tunnel. Then he hears something odd. Someone else is inside the tunnel, in the darkness, where no living person should be.

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David is not excited about moving to a new town until he meets some fellow skateboarders at a huge concrete drainpipe. The boys tell David about an accident involving two skaters who were in the drainpipe and warn David to stay out. David cannot resist skating the drainpipe and decides to go in by himself. David thinks he hears someone skating deep inside, so he goes further into the drainpipe to investigate. Suddenly a storm strikes, and David knows he must get out of the drain before it fills with water. He drops his flashlight and starts to panic in the pitch black when a skateboarder glowing with an eerie green light grabs him and tells him to follow him. Ghost or not, David has to trust him to get him safely out. This suspenseful and scary story is just right for struggling middle school readers. The open ending creates discussion and an opportunity for readers to draw their own conclusion. The incredibly short story with spaced-out text makes it feel like a younger read. But the creepy ghost tale packs a punch with an urban-legend feel. Like other books from the Shade Book series, it is a high interest/low reading level book, with black-and-white illustrations, a glossary, writing prompts, discussion questions and Internet sites. Reviewer: Sarah Cofer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598899191
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Series:
Shade Bks.
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.26(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

James Moloney has worked at a fruit market and in a truck factory, but it was his experience as a young teacher in Australia that led to his early novels. His books have appeared regularly on lists for literary prizes and children's choice awards ever since. James and his wife, Kate, live in Brisbane, Australia, with their three children.

Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in Australia. As a teenager, Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small press magazines. Since then, he has received numerous awards for his picture books. He has recently worked for Blue Sky Studios and Pixar, providing concept artwork for forthcoming films. His book The Arrival was one of the best-reviewed books of 2007.

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