Trapped by Michael Northrop

Genre:  Realistic Fiction/Adventure

# of Pages: 232

RAC Book:  Yes

Scotty and his friends make the critical error of choosing to stay late after school one day to work in the shop classroom instead of going home during an early out.  The entire school had been let out early due to a snowstorm, but this is no regular snowstorm.  This storm continues to snow for several days and Scotty and six other students are left stranded in the high school.  Their situation continues to get worse as the snow keeps falling and they begin to wonder how much they can withstand.  Worst of all, they have no way of communicating to anyone that they need help.  Will they ever live to see the end of this storm?

This survival story is a bit reminiscent of Life As We Knew It, but in this instance the natural disaster is a blizzard instead of a meteor.  Scotty and his friends begin to realize how dominated they are by modern conveniences such as cell phones, Internet, electricity, etc.  and are not sure how to cope when it is all gone.  Plus, they also worry about their friends and family who are also trapped in this storm somewhere.  Usual teenage feelings of inadequacy, competition, and hierarchy are still present, but these do begin to break down as they must come together to survive.  The story is written in a believable way that will make young readers think about how they would deal with such a situation.  Adventure fans will enjoy it, even if it moves a tad slow at times.

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4 Responses to “Trapped by Michael Northrop”


  1. 1 Becky April 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    After the snowstorms of this last winter– this sounds like something that could actually happen!

  2. 2 Shay April 30, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Wow, this sounds very intense! I’m marking this as “to-read” for sure. Normally I read a lot of fantasy novels, but a thriller like this could be refreshing for me, I think :)

    -Shay from BestYoungAdultBooks.blogspot.com

  3. 3 ladystingray September 8, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I tried reading this book, but stopped around the middle because it slowed down too much.

  4. 4 None of yo business December 12, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. ;)


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