Trapped [NOOK Book]

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The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive. . . .

Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn't seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially ...
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Overview

The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive. . . .

Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn't seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision. . . .
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Northrop (Gentlemen) offers a gripping disaster story that, for its reliance on luck and coincidences to set things up, is no less exciting. Although Tattawa High School in rural New England closes early for snow, basketball player Scotty and fellow sophomores Jason and Pete stay late to work on Jason's go-kart. By the time they realize that the storm is too strong for their parents to pick them up, they're trapped along with four other students (and a teacher, who quickly leaves to seek help). They're already out of cellphone range, and when the power goes out, all hope of communicating with the outside world is lost. As the snow piles up to over 10 feet, the captive students do their best to survive and wait for help. The problems are expected—darkness, infighting, jealousy, illness, hunger—but conveyed with a tight sense of realism through Scotty's narrative voice. He tells readers early on that "not all of us made it," so the surprise is less that things keep going wrong than how they do. Northrop's solid storytelling should keep readers rapt. Ages 15–up. (Feb.)
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Praise for TRAPPED
“Compelling…Michael Northrop deftly describes teens who are tested by the endless snow.” –USA TODAY

“A gripping disaster story…Northrop's solid storytelling should keep readers rapt.” –PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“An edge-of-your-seat experience…Just as he did in GENTLEMEN, Northrop gets at the core of human nature through masterful pacing.” –KIRKUS REVIEWS

Praise for GENTLEMEN
“Northrop's first novel is creepy, yet it has what can pass for a happy – or at least satisfying – ending.” –THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

“A riveting thriller...This is a rare sort of book that may work just as well for reluctant readers as it will avid ones.” –BOOKLIST

VOYA - Jeff Mann
A typical snowstorm stalls over a New England town only to gain strength and become an enormous nor'easter, dumping massive amounts of snow. Sophomore Scotty Weems and six other students become stranded at their high school after deciding to stay and work on a school project, a go-kart nicknamed "The Flammenwerfer." Two freshmen girls; another student, Elijah; and Les Goddard, the school's resident thug, also become stranded as the snow piles high around the school. When the lone stranded teacher braves the elements to try to find help but does not return, the students realize that what, at first, seemed like an adventure turns out to be a true struggle for survival. The kids make plans, create a place to sleep, break into the cafeteria for food, and try to figure out how to stay warm once the power goes out. As the hours turn into days, the teens' lone radio offers the one connection to the outside world. A plan to save themselves is hatched when part of the school collapses because of the snow. Ultimately the plan, which involves the go-kart, ends in a tragedy but also becomes the catalyst for a rescue. Trapped convincingly depicts teens in the "worst blizzard in the history of the continental United States." The cute freshman girl, the class bully, and three good-natured friends all have the trappings of stereotypical teen characters, but Northrop avoids that territory, showing how the teens both work together and argue over important decisions. The constant reminders of the storm and the use of the radio keep the gravity of the situation in the forefront of readers' minds. While the ending is slightly abrupt, teens looking for a current survival story might be drawn into this one. Reviewer: Jeff Mann
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—High school sophomore Scotty Weem's narration reveals immediately that he survives southern New England's worst nor'easter ever recorded, but also that others in his group will die. The chilling story begins innocently enough as the snow starts to fall early in the day. When an early dismissal is announced, Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason finagle their way into the shop to work on Jason's project, a go-kart, until their rides come. But they soon find themselves stranded in their rural high school building with five others: pretty Krista and her friend, Julie; thuggish Les; weird Elijah; and one gruff teacher. Their cell phones don't work. Their rides don't show up. The teacher goes for help and never returns. The power goes off. As hours, then days, pass, the water stops, the heat goes off, and they get increasingly hungry, cold, and scared. Readers might speculate about what they should have done, could have done, if stuck in their place, but the author does an admirable job of keeping the tone and plot appropriately sophomoric, i.e., they don't always do the right thing, but do the best they can with knowledge and skills even they recognize are inadequate. The climax is propelled as much by the teens' interpersonal conflicts as by Jason's improbable deus ex machina from the shop. Teens should enjoy reading this survival story with their feet up in front of a toasty fire.—Joel Shoemaker, formerly at South East Junior High School, Iowa City, IA
Kirkus Reviews
When a nor'easter stalls over New England, the resulting blizzard strands seven teenagers at school for a week.The stage is quickly set for an edge-of-your-seat experience as Scotty, a sophomore varsity hoops player, narrates with a chilling nonchalance even as he makes it clear that at least one person didn't survive. Telling them, "I'll be sort of like your guide through all of this," Scotty lulls readers into an ordinary morning at school, during which his biggest concern is whether the evening's game will be cancelled, then hints at the horrific things to come with images of "black smoke and blue skin." Scotty and his friends Jason and Pete hang out in shop class after early dismissal, sure that Jason's dad will pick them up. Cell phones die, parents don't arrive and the snow keeps rising, leaving the marooned students to fend for themselves. Scotty narrates from a slight remove, lending a deceptively one-dimensional feel to the cast of characters, a Breakfast Club assortment of various stereotypes from jock and goth to bad boy and hot girl. Just as he did in Gentlemen (2009), Northrop gets at the core of human nature through masterful pacing. The characters rise above their seeming limits, as the dawning realization of their worsening situation leads to acts of desperate bravery. Gripping. (Adventure. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545332491
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 62,161
  • Age range: 15 - 14 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Michael Northrop has written short fiction for WEIRD TALES, the NOTRE DAME REVIEW, and MCSWEENEY'S. His debut novel, GENTLEMEN, earned him a PW Flying Start, and his YA thriller, TRAPPED, was published in 2011 to great acclaim. An editor at SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. You can visit him online at www.michaelnorthrop.net.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    Misleading and a disappointment.

    OH GOLLY! Well lets start out by saying this book is beautiful, and I was extremely excited to start digging into the so called page turning novel. I ordered this book along with Beastly- a fantastic novel go check it out. I started and finished, and the results? Not what I expected what-so-ever. Northrop conveys the story of Scotty who is trapped in Tattawa High school along with his best friends Pete and Jason. Krista and Julie the "hotties" are also a part of this maverick bunch. Les; the school bully and Elijah; the weird kid that is placed in the goth category are also a part of this calamitous seven. There is a history teacher trapped along with them, but he is too deficient and ends up leaving out into the noxious snow- to supposedly get help. He is never mentioned nor triumphantly comes back for the kids. So I assume he dies, which doesn't tear jerk me since he is way to conceited to think about the kids before himself. The kids main priority should be getting help right? Somewhat wrong. All Jason cares about is making his way down the the shop room and working on a snow mobile which comes up in the story dilatorily. So everything starts shutting down, the lights, heat, water, and the roof ironically decides to start falling. It even gets up to twenty feet of snow, IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE? I was mislead and disappointed in this book. Micheal even states early on "Not everyone made it in the end." Which yes, is true. But it only is like this because of a arrogant decision. This book is 2/5 stars for me. I wish I spent my- what?- 11 dollars on this book on a more memorable novel. Without so much cheese, and more what the story is told to be. Action, page turning, and the teeny bit of a romance is what I expected this to be. It's none of the above, it's way to short to tell a story like this in, but the pages are continuously filled with stuff that is totally nugatory. Don't spend the money on this please- do not do what I did. While this idea was splendid and prolific, it was poorly written. May I ask, Why is this book under MUST READS? ( A book review written by a thirteen year old girl who extensively read magnificent books, but must review the bad one's too.)

    34 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2011

    Excellent and suspenseful

    Trapped is about a group of teens caught in their high school during an enormous blizzard. They are in deep trouble, and the trouble keeps getting deeper with every hour! The storm lasts for almost a week, so they have to figure out how to get along and survive inside the school. It's interesting to think about both what they do right and what they do wrong. The narrator is a basketball player named Scotty Weems. His little asides and observations are sometimes funny, but the snow keeps falling so the pressure keeps rising right up till the end.

    30 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    Ehhhh, I've read better...

    The description of the book was more interesting than the book itself. The author droned on and on and on...
    I continued reading, hoping the climax would be worth the bland first part of the book, never happened.

    15 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo

    An incredible Nor'easter hits Little River, leaving seven high school students and one teacher stranded at Tattawa Regional High School. Officials schedule an early dismissal, hopefully sending students home safely, but each of the remaining seven students has some reason for staying behind. No one really believes the storm will be as bad as predicted. Five boys and two girls sit with their teacher watching the snow fall. As it comes down faster and heavier, they all begin to regret their decisions to stay behind. When they see what looks to be a snowplow on the highway near the school, the teacher heads out to intercept it. He disappears in the blizzard and is never seen again. With cell phone service interrupted by the storm, the students have no way to contact their loved ones, so they begin to make the best of what they hope will be a temporary situation. They gather food from the cafeteria and blankets from the nurse's office. A transistor radio provides their only connection with the outside world. The snow piles up past the windows of the first floor, so the group moves to the second story. When the power goes out and the batteries on the emergency lights eventually run out, at least they will still have light coming in through the windows. With no heat left in the old building, they use materials from the shop class supplies to get a fire going in one of the rooms, hoping to generate enough heat to melt snow for water and provide a minimum of warmth. Now what remains is to stay positive and be civil with one another until someone comes to rescue them. Unfortunately, none of them considered the weight of the snow on the aging building's roof, the tension of being together 24/7, and the tragedy that would happen when one of them tries to go for help. Considering the massive snowstorms parts of the nation have endured this winter, this book truly hits home. Author Michael Northrop has created a frightening but intriguing adventure that will spark fear in the hearts of teens. High school has enough pitfalls without the worry of being hopelessly stranded there with no way to contact the outside world. TRAPPED is sure to be a success long after the snow melts and Spring arrives.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2011

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    Chilling! A must-read!

    "Trapped" gave me the chills. Eerie, compelling, and wonderfully well-written, the book follows an interesting set of characters through a rough natural disaster. Northrop kept me turning the pages, seeing the snow grow with each passing chapter (literally...the clever book design has each new chapter starting higher and higher on the page as the snow in the writing accumulates). Really, a must-read!

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Didn't explain

    The ending made me so frustrated it could have been an amazing book but the ending just killed it. Really dissapointed when I turned the page and realized it was the end of the story.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Really not worth the money

    Well, This book had a lot of potential, but in the end it failed completely. We never really get to know the characters- even the main character! This is particularly bad considering that this book is written in third person. This book is only 170 pages and could stand to be a lot longer.

    I was looking forward to a good book of survival horror but found myself dissapointed. What's worse, in the very beginning there is an insnuation that people will die. This is followed through with- about twenty pages before the end of the book. It feels like the author got bored half way through writing the book an dsloppily takce don an ending.

    They are only in the school for three days!

    And the ending was terrible too. It was another hastily tacked on bit to an already woefully dissapointing story. I wish that I paid attention to one of the bad reviews this book got. It was a waste of money. I wish I'd bought 'The Vampire Lestat' instead.

    If you must rea dthis, go to the library.

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2011

    Very good!

    I really liked this book. I thought it was funny how the boys talk and how Scotty thinks. I would recommended this book to all readers who are looking for a short and great read. I was hoping for a little more detail, though. Like for example, when Pete dies i didnt really miss him because the book didnt talk about him that much, or make a strong contection to me to him.
    Over all this is a great read! Check it out for yourselves.

    7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2011

    Best Book I've Read All Year

    This a book that you will put down and still be thinking about days later. Northrop spins a seriously suspenseful tale. You really feel like you're in the shoes of the trapped teens -- What would you eat to stay alive? How would you do to stay warm? How would you deal? As for the other reviews criticizing the ending: Yes, it is abrupt. But I can only hope this means there is a possible sequel in the future? In the meantime, I'll use my imagination...

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    good book

    i love how this guy writes but i wish he had a longer ending

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Awful

    I read thus book because so many people told me it was a great suspensible book...it was the complete opposite. Unless you want to completely bore yourself with 200 pages ofthe worst book evrr DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!!! This book has absolutely no suspense and is completely boring and just goes on and on forever. And t top that off the book has an extremely depressing ending. So basically there is nothing good about this book...not even a happy ending.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    :|

    This book was terrible for a number a reasons! The book had a borring storyline that was not a joy to read.It was very predictable and short. I would not recomend this book to anyone.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    Good book

    This book was ok for me. i was really disappionted in the end but you wil just have to read it first!!!:)

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2011

    Kind of Dull....

    I was really excited to read this book because I thought it would be suspenseful and get me wondering which characters would make it through the storm and which characters wouldn't. Through most of the book it is very boring and what is supposed to be the climax is very dull and boring and it abruptly ends. If you are looking for something exciting I would skip this book...

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Not good

    I posted a comment about this i would say 1 or 2 month(s) ago im the honors 13 year old i reread the book and had second thoughts about it but i still think you should rewright the book but i dont really recommend it it is kinda good but you need more spice to it

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Good Book

    It looked like a normal snow storm when Scotty looked outside. That's why he decided to stay in school a few hours more instead of taking the bus home, to help one of his friends finish a school project. A few hours later Scotty realizes that there's 8 feet of snow outside and there's no way of leaving the school. Now Scotty and 6 other students are trapped in school and they have to figure out how to survive without heat, power and water.

    When I started reading Trapped I was excited about it but when I finished reading it I was disappointed. The concept is original but to me it wasn't properly developed. The author repeated himself too much and the plot didn't move quickly. What I did like about the book was how the author described the storm and how being trapped really feels like. I liked how the characters grew close to each other and how they managed to survived.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    :(

    Horrible ending i had get to get a new book to do my book report on because this just didnt cut it. Very disappointed

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Overall, nice

    Trapped is about 7 kids trapped in their high school during a snowstorm. I really enjoyed this novel. It kept me reading and I could relate to Scotty and the other kids. However, I was a little disapointed by the ending. I think Michael ended Trapped too soon. He never told you what happened to Pete, Jason, Julie, Krista, Les, and Elijah. I guess this is just one of those stories where you have to "figure it out on your own." Overall, this was a good book. It was very creative, and a good read for teens.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Ps

    Okay here we go. I thought this was a very good book with some flaws.... but honestly is that how the book really ends??? It wouldn't have killed the author to make two more chapter of an epilogue "after the storm" ... the way it ended left me with no closure so I was disapointed. If the author did what I just wrote I would have given it a 4, also what happened to scottys mom?? Jasons dad.. or mr gossel... just not a good way to end it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Pretty Good, Very Easy

    I read this book for my HS book club. That might give you an idea of the reading level and amount of gore and psychological insight. It's very simple writing - almost dull. No swearing (very realistic). In the end it's just another survival story with nothing particularyly special about it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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