by Michael Northrop


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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 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. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545210133
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 102,732
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of the middle-grade adventure series TombQuest. He is also the author of On Thin Ice; Trapped, an Indie Next List selection; Plunked, a New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection and an NPR Backseat Book Club pick; among others. An editor at Sports Illustrated Kids for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. Learn more at

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Trapped 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 254 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
AberrantBooks-13yr-girl More than 1 year ago
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.)
Erica Baker More than 1 year ago
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.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"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!
GiaGiaGia610 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read thus book because so many people told me it was a great suspensible 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it would be more exciting. Didn't like the ending. (Spoiler alert) Don't know what happened to the rest of the group. One can guess they were rescued but no info was given as to what happened to their parents and others. Not my fave.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am baffled at how this has five and four star reviews at all. Frankly I've read much, much better fanfiction. I'm unsure how this was even published, let alone published hardback. Let's go over the many, many problems, shall we? Characters. What characters? In all 170 pages the kids in this story don't make me care about them at all. They are flat, uninteresting stereotypes, and the main character seems more interested in getting into the pants of one of the 'hotties' than, you know, surviving this deadly winter storm. Speaking of, is it even possible to get twenty feet of snow in America? Ten feet I have heard of, albeit in Canada, and if the plot was at all strong I would have been able to suspend my disbelief on the weather conditions. Oh, and lets continue. At the very beginning the main character talks about how people die. One person dies. Twenty pages from the end. For no conceivable reason, plot or other wise. It was pure stupidity. And you know what? I didn't even care. The ending its self was a poorly executed Deus Ex Machina. I was led to believe this would be a survival horror, but honestly if the kids involved weren't idiots and perhaps actual characters there wouldn't have been much issue. Ditto, the single teacher mentioned at the beginning who left to get hope and then vanished from the plot and essentially the characters minds. Please, do not waste your time or money on this. If you're looking for other much better books with a similar premise (surviving a natural disaster) go for the books linked in the recommendations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is alright, it's pretty basic. A page turner but slow at times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horrible ending i had get to get a new book to do my book report on because this just didnt cut it. Very disappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont get me wrong the beginig of this book was awesome but the ending was HORRIBLE!!! I mean it literly just ends you dont even get to find out what happens to the other people! Did they die? We dont know cuz it just ends! This is te first book that i have ever red the realy got me mad. Begining: awesome Middle: wondering if there is gonna be a 2nd Ending: EVIL!!!
David Rousseau More than 1 year ago
It was good, but the ending simply failed and the characters could have had their adventures through the school described more. The snowmobile thing was stupid, if it wasnt balenced right, jason or whoever would have said so.
Bookworm007RH More than 1 year ago
It wasn't the best book i have ever read. I agree it was dissapointing at the end. And the characters were had to connect to. Over all it was ok
Ally Morinviall More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was a little hard to get into but after that it was amazing.
Melancholy_M More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Very good story with believable characters and lots of action
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TFS93 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The ending was terrible. I am only giving it two stars because I found a few parts of the book to be well written and interesting, the rest was not good. I didn't connect with the characters and found the story to be beyond belief. This one could and should have been much better.
roses7184 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Any tale of survival has it's low points and it's action filled points. I knew that as soon as I opened Trapped and dove into Scotty's story. What I was most curious about was how Michael Northrop was going to fit a story of survival into a YA book. We all know that sometimes circumstances cause people to do unspeakable things, especially in the name of survival. I was hoping that this book wouldn't go that route.Truth be told, I was rather impressed with the way that that Scotty's story was written. From the very first mention of the snowfall there is a pervading sense of doom over the little band of misfit survivalists. However, like young people often do, they choose to laugh it off as a coping mechanism. As the snow continues to fall, and reality sets in, we see the group morph into a more unified group. They learn to work together and make well thought out decisions. We see them grow up in a matter of days, all because they need one another in order to survive.The one thing that kept me from being completely enamored with the book was simply that I wanted to know more about Scotty. I understand that his sole focus in the story is survival, but I would have liked to see more into his life. Really Scotty is, and he mentions this during the story in fact, kind of a "john every kid" if you get my meaning. He's the boy who is involved in sports, has friends but not too many, and kind of just blends into the background. I wish I would've felt more for him.It's honestly hard to say a lot about this book without giving it away. The story is very survival focused, as it should be. The reader watches as the characters come to terms with their situation and figure out how to escape. That's honestly the whole story. However it's not at all slow or lagging. Northrop introduces several issues over the course of the book that cause the characters to stop, think, and react in kind. I was on the edge of my seat while reading, hoping to see what they would ultimately decide to do.In the end, Trapped was a satisfying read. I liked the slower buildup of the action, and really felt like I was a part of the story based on the writing style. It is one of those books that you can't tear your eyes away from. You feel like if you leave the book for just a moment, something important might happen and you'll miss it. I'm being honest. I felt like I was trapped in there with those kids. I definitely recommend this book. Go out, get a copy, and prepare to be trapped.
lisagibson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow, I mean WOW! This book was like riveting for me. I read it all in several hours, during a snow storm nonetheless. It was intense and thought provoking at the same time. I liked Scotty, the main character. He was a genuinely good guy. His insight into the people trapped with him was interesting as well. I did have a couple little nit picky things that I wasn't crazy about. I was talking to my son about this book and explaining that they didn't have a signal for cell service. He said, "Interesting because most schools are wired for Wi-Fi these days." I don't know a whole lot about the technical side of things but thought it interesting too that they couldn't get a signal out or anything at any time. The last thing was that I wasn't crazy about the loose ends left in the end. Of course, the author can end his book any way he wants. Despite my minor little issues, this book was awesome and one of my fav's so far this year. Great book to read in a raging snow storm. I'm giving this one 4 1/2 chilly kisses!
SMS28 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book BasicsTitle: TrappedAuthor: Michael NorthropPublished: January 1st 2011 by Scholastic PressFormat Read: Purchased HardcoverNumber of pages: 224Book Stats A Few of the Characters: ¿Scotty Weems ¿ One of seven teenagers stuck inside Tattawa High School during a blizzard. The story is told from his perspective (There are a lot of ¿Zack Morris moments¿ when he directly addresses the reader). He is almost part of the ¿jock¿ crowd at school, as he is a sophomore, playing varsity basketball. ¿Pete and Jason ¿ Scotty¿s offbeat friends, who end trapped as well.¿Julie and Krista ¿ Two popular freshmen, who happen to be stranded with the boys.¿Les ¿ ¿Bad Boy¿ who has a reputation for trouble that ends up as one of the seven.¿Elijah ¿ A loner who is known for hanging around in the library, but proves to be helpful throughout the ordeal.Summary From Goodreads: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....What made me keep turning the page?¿The constant insinuations from Scotty that something bad was going to happen¿The author¿s ability to make me feel like I was there¿The underdog effect that made me admire Scotty and his friendsAny complaints?¿I was hoping the various cliques would form stronger relationships¿I wanted more from the endingFinal Thoughts¿I did enjoy this book. It made me think about how dangerous snow can be. I always liked to get snowed in, but not to this extent! As I read this book, I really appreciated the warm blanket I was under, and the hot coffee I was drinking! I was hoping for a little more when it came to emotions presented in this book. I would have liked to have seen stronger bonds formed. I wanted to get to know the other characters a little more throughout the story, and hear what it was like from the other character¿s point of view. All in all, this was a good, quick read, which kept me on the edge of my seat.
dukesangel002 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I decided to read Trapped during a snow storm. I'm not so sure that was such a wise decision. Everytime I would take a break from reading I would get up expecting snow to be up to the roof and afraid to get out from under my blanket. It would take me a minute to realize I wasn't in a snowed in, freezing snowed in to the degree that these kids get snowed in is such a scary concept! I've been stuck in blizzards, but it's never been anything like that. There were times that I was so into the story that I wanted to scream ideas at the characters they could use to stay warm, like I would with a great movie. Ended up being that my ideas weren't as smart as what the teens would come up These kids were quite resourseful, coming up with ideas I never would have thought of. Although, I don't care how stinky we would have been after a few days, I would have been cuddling up with anyone and everyone searching for some body heat!The only thing I didn't love about the book was the abrupt ending. I would have really enjoyed an extra chapter letting us know how it all ended up being. Whether their parents had survived while they were trapped in the school, things like that, but it still didn't take too much away from the book.Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a scary tale of what it takes to survive. The thought that it could actually happen to me has me hunting up flashlights, stocking up on food, and checking that I have propane and extra blankets everytime it snows!