Trapped

Trapped

Book - 2011
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Seven high school students are stranded at their New England high school during a week-long blizzard that shuts down the power and heat, freezes the pipes, and leaves them wondering if they will survive.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2011
ISBN: 9780545210126
9780545210133
Branch Call Number: NORT
Characteristics: 323 pages

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Beatricksy Nov 26, 2016

While, yes, we do get it that Someone is Going to Die before the book is over (seriously, you bring it up every three pages, it feels like), this book is a pretty delightfully cold little beast. The details are simply chilling. More than anything, though, the design of the book is what got me. The way the chapter pages just slowly get more and more snow-filled, going from kind of pretty to altogether terrifying. The ending just kind of...happens. But it's a fun survival.

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gusmcrae
Jan 04, 2016

Picked it up on a whim. Only finished it because it read pretty quickly. The characters were not really fleshed out and it ended up just being boring. And the ending--well, there wasn't much of one. So it wasn't really worth finishing.

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new_art_form
Aug 27, 2015

Trapped by Michael Northpop is about a group of high school kids who stay after school one afternoon, all for different reasons. Outside, snow keeps falling, and the world on the other side of the window becomes completely white. It's more snow then any of them have any seen before, and the seven kids soon realize that their parents wouldn't be able to come pick them up any time soon. In fact, no one would be able to get to the school due to the extraordinary amount of snow.
Scotty and his friends are among these seven kids, who quickly need to learn how to survive in an empty school. They start worrying about things they never needed to worry about before, like if they'll have enough food and water, and if it will be too cold to stay alive.
These kids run into problem after problem, and the snow just keeps coming, even after days, and they start to wonder if they'll ever step foot outside the school again.
I think that Trapped is a great book. The author never seems to run out of ideas and it's all very entertaining to read. Also, the characters are very well put together, and they act and talk just like real teenagers would, unlike some other books I've read. People who are looking for something quick and easy but also fun to read, should definitely consider checking out this book.
In conclusion, I think that Trapped by Michael Northpop is a fantastic novel and it deserves to be on every bookshelf.

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this_is_cam
Jul 13, 2015

This was an alright book. I expected a little bit more from the ending, as it was slightly anti-climatic for me. The start of the book was really good, but it started to decline near the end.

alicat120 Aug 05, 2014

I liked this book a lot. There was plenty of action in it. However, the begining was a little slow and the ending just cut the story off. I would have given it a four star if not for that.

jtalley Jun 24, 2014

I really didn't care for this book. The characters were utterly unmemorable, and the ending was dreadful. It was too abrupt, as if the author couldn't think of how to end it, and so just stopped in the middle. An epilogue would have tied up loose ends and prevented the book from seeming incomplete.

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Green_Crocodile_67
Feb 18, 2014

This book was bad.

SPL_Childrens Mar 28, 2013

Seven students are the last waiting to be picked up from their rural New England high school on the day that a devastating blizzard, bringing massive amounts of snow, begins. By the time they realize that no one will be coming for them, spending the night at the school seems to be the best option. However, the fierce winds and the snow continue into the next day and night, the day and night after that, and for many more days. The power and heat go out; the water pipes freeze and parts of the roof shudder with the weight of the snow, eventually giving way. Food runs out. The situation becomes not one of merely keeping warm, but of staying alive, trapped in the school.

Does this sound like a believable plot?

It didn’t sound entirely plausible to me. Why couldn’t the students simply leave the school and walk to safety? Could Michael Northrop’s story convince me that such a situation could really happen?

It did. I was convinced - and moreover, I was very impressed by this book. The author has been careful to provide logical explanations why the students did not – and later, could not - leave the school. The interactions between the students, their attitudes and the dialogue are skillfully and realistically described, contributing to a sense that the reader is actually trapped in the school with the stranded students. Michael Northrop has created seven realistic teen characters who will speak to teen readers, especially boys.

Powerful and unsettling, Trapped is not a “… and they lived happily ever after” tale.

Michael Northrop’s book is a gripping survival story, a page-turner which I would highly recommend for both reluctant and enthusiastic readers.

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mdaniels4
Mar 18, 2013

I thought this book was really boring and revealing at the begining. I didn't even finish it because it was so boring. Definately not a winner for me, in my opinion.

euclid13 Jan 15, 2013

Great book. I loved it.

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thezar21
Jun 26, 2012

page 8: "This better not get in the way of the dance on Friday, 'cause I am going to get me some"
"Yeah, some of your own right hand afterwards"

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