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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. Sti...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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karen
okay so most little girls dream about being secret princesses or having a pony or having a ghost for a best friend or something. my childhood fantasies were always about being snowed in. (i may have entertained one or two princess fantasies, as well) and this is still my dream. living on the third floor of an apartment building pretty much guarantees this dream will never come true, but i still hope for it every single winter. the quiet of it all, the hunkered-down hibernation appeal, the having...more
Mike
Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love survival stories. It is probably my favorite genre ever. Before this, I have read five YA survival books - three of them made it onto my list of favorite books ever. Alas, this was the first that I really didn't like. In fact, I liked it so little that I couldn't finish it. It wasn't worth it. This was one of the worst books I've read in a while, and I'll certainly never be reading anything by Northrop again.

The worst part was the writing. I'll gi...more
kari
Jul 20, 2011 kari rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011, ya
WHERE'S THE ENDING???
That's the sum of my opinion, where's the ending? The story simply stops. This did not please me. There needed to be another few chapters or at the very least an epilogue. Maybe put it in as a newspaper column, just the who, what, when, where, why, how. I needed to know more and for that reason I took away one star.
The other star lost is that there is no character development. I didn't know these characters any better at the end of the book than I knew them at the beginning....more
Gemma
I kind of expected something like the Gone books for this one. I know, I know: it's not sci-fi, it's realistic fiction and there's no evil alien life force or autistic five year old controlling the whole thing.

Whatever. I wanted them to start eating each other.

I'm joking. Mostly. (Cannibalism does add to the intensity of the story).

The premise behind Trapped (kids getting snowed into their school for a while) is really only good in theory. There's not much to go with, other than your basic surv...more
Sierra Climaco
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Brittany
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Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
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Before I say anything about the book I need to say that firstly I want to thank the author for singing this book. I was a really nice thing to do, as we all love signed books. Secondly I want to thank this book for saving me. Trust me I'd die of boredom if I didn't bring this book with me on my four-hour class.

We'll go back to that but first something about the book. Winter is officially over. I say officially cause a week ago I've seen the sun for the firs...more
Lindsay
I picked this up at the library as a quick read. The idea was excellent- trapped in a high school during a massive blizzard with friends, enemies and crushes. But I felt that the characters weren't developed, and I didn't get to know them or feel attached to them. Right off the bat, Scotty tells us that not everybody makes it out alive, so you know that once a character is in a life-or-death situation, he/she's not going to make it. Jason and Pete, Scotty's friends, were important to the story,...more
Judy Desetti
Abrupt ending.

I feel cheated! The book is a good read and I was truly feeling like I was in a snow storm and should be staying home from school. The characters were fairly typical; from various groups of a high school, sort of like Breakfast Club, as someone else suggested. Still the premise is that seven kids were all snowed in at their high school, after missing their bus, and alone after a teacher went out for help and did not return. So how was I cheated? Because the book built up to the cr...more
Ana Mardoll
Trapped / 978-0-545-21012-6

I like "survival horror" style books and movies, and was really looking forward to "Trapped". Even the timing was great - I received the book right before the worst snowstorm in 15 years dumped right onto our house! So I was really looking forward to wrapping up with some fluffy blankets and vicariously experiencing the terror that comes with being cold, alone, and utterly trapped in a snowstorm. Unfortunately, I ended up disappointed. This slim, 230-page book that wou...more
Lulufrances
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What it's about:
Everything seems like a normal winterly school day when suddenly the blizzard starts.
Pupils are sent home early but Scotty Weems and two of his friends, Pete and Jason, stay in their high school longer to work on a shop project, relying on Jason's dad to pick them up later on.
They end up being three of the last seven teens in the school, plus one teacher who's supposed to take care of all the late-stayers.
The storm outs...more
elissa
Mar 18, 2011 elissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to elissa by: Capitol Choices
I'm glad that I wasn't annoyed by the ending, as many other readers have been. It was definitely abrupt, but it made sense to me. This is a quick read, with great descriptions, and a strong voice. I expected it to get even more horrific than it did, and was pleasantly surprised when it wasn't as bad as it could have been. I think I partly assumed it would get horrific because the front door of the building, on the cover, looks like a maw to me. The voice seemed kind of "classic YA", but staying...more
Abbie
I'll start off by saying how much i liked the chapter headings. I thought it was really clever how it shown how snowed in they were, and it looked really pretty.

The pacing in Trapped was slow, but it was done in a way that it made it more suspenseful, instead of making it boring.

The characters weren't annoying, but i just didn't find myself liking them that much.

I didn't like the ending at all. It was very rushed, and felt kind of lazy.
Instead of writing a proper ending, it was left open.
A l...more
Sarah
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
15-year-old Scotty makes the questionable decision to stay after school instead of going home when the school closes early because of a blizzard. Soon, Scotty and his friends are trapped in the school, along with 4 other kids, and the snow shows no signs of letting up.]How long will they be trapped? How deep will the snow get? And who isn’t going to make it?


I enjoyed this book, but the ending was a bit anti-climactic.

Scott was an okay character. He seemed lik...more
Benjamin Swartz
The events I didn’t like about this book was Pete got buried alive of 8 feet of snow. Another event that was very scary was the whole school was trapped in school for a couple days. The last Scary event was Elijah house was under 10 degrees on the freezing point. The main characters in this book are Scotty Weems, Pete, Les, Krista, Julie, and Elijah. Pete had fight with Les and Pete is sick. Julie got mad at Pete and Julie is Sick. Les’s Parents don’t care about Pete at all. The Genre of the boo...more
Tony
The "high-school-kids-stuck-in-school-on-their-own" premise has been well used in films ranging from the Breakfast Club to, well, any number of horror movies. This slim thriller aimed at teen readers milks the premise for a fair amount of tension before succumbing to an underwhelming ending. The story is set during winter in the upper Northeast, where a storm moves in on a regional high school a few miles from the nearest town. The buses leave and all the kids with cars or friends with cars take...more
Courtney Wells
I read this book after a tremendous blizzard hit Chicago in 2011. It was a little morbid but it's not often you get snowed-in while living in a major metropolitan area.

Overall the premise was interesting and tense while being well-executed for the amount of pages the story allowed. What I will say - and this is why I couldn't give it a full five stars - was Trapped could have delivered more by exploring the characters or generating more conflict. I'm not saying I needed The Breakfast Club or Lo...more
Jeff Barber
Seven kids are still in their high school when an unusually strong blizzard hits, trapping them in for a week.
The premise caught my eye and I couldn't help reading it. Though the story is pretty straightforward and had no twists or anything I enjoyed it. The nor'easter drops something like thirteen feet of snow before the end, and things get a little dicey but all in realistic fashion. And the author does stick heavily to realism. Which leads to a less eventful story than one is used to. But the...more
Angela
When I reached the last page of this book, I actually had to double check the page count to make sure I wasn't missing anything. But no, the ending really is that abrupt, and leaves tons of potential plotlines unexplored. Instead of the terrifying survival story I was expecting, there's a bunch of repetitive scenes about checking cell phones, rummaging in the cafeteria, thinking about cute girls, and popping zits. Lots of potential here, but ends up stopping way too soon to really take advantage...more
Carley
The main character in this book is Scotty Weems. There are many other important characters in this book. Their names are Julie, Krista, Les, Jason, Elijah, and Pete. In the beginning, and throughout the book, they are all trapped in the school during a huge snow storm. The only people who are in a group together are Krista and Julie, and then Pete and Scotty. All the other people in the school don't really talk to anyone they keep to themselves. Mr. Gossell was a teacher who was trapped with th...more
Samuel
I read the book "Trapped" by Michael Northrop. I thought this was a good book, although I didn't like the ending.

The plot starts out with a big winter blizzard on the east coast that traps seven kids inside of a school. There was a teacher with the kids that went for help, but he never returned. The kids then had to survive without heat, electricity, or cell phone reception. They had few basic needs so the kids tried to invent ways to survive and escape. Pete tried to invent a snow cart, but th...more
Reece Dower
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Domčo
Bolo to zaujímavé čítanie. Dobre mi padlo vypnúť od všetkých tých young-adultoviek s dievčenskými hrdinkami. Bolo to veľmi jednoduché rozprávanie (až by som povedal, že je vhodné aj pre mladších čitateľov) chalana a pár mladých ľudí, ktorí museli na vlastnú päsť prežiť neľahkú situáciu a vzoprieť sa snehovej búrke.
Sue
brrrr, ešte teraz ma z tejto knihy mrazí, fakt skvelá kniha, dlho som otálala s hodnotením, ale koniec bol skvelý a úzasný teraz mi nezostáva nič ine iba si domysliet iste veci :)
Sam Whitehouse
I'm a big fan of disaster movies, and this book ticked all the right boxes. It's a cross between The Day after Tomorrow and the book Monument 14 (another great disaster read) and Northrop takes what is a slight plot and turns it into something hugely addictive and gripping. The character development is well done and the storm (almost a character in itself) is brilliantly imagined. The believe-ability is this book's strongest feature and you can almost feel the cold and imagine what the character...more
Trisha
"No one knows we're here." ~ Elijah

a huge storms sweeps into town. 7 kids, with multiple different reasons, are stuck in the school after all the buses have left. The snow won't stop and as they wait 24 hours, 2 days, 3...more, they start to try to figure out how to stay alive and how to get found.

So, this book sounds amazing. I especially liked the chapters with snow fall on them - and the snow fell as each chapter passed and the kids were still in the school.

But I expected suspense and some d...more
BAYA Librarian
Seven students are trapped in their high school during the worst blizzard ever. Will they survive? This slightly heavy-handed thriller uses the teaser that one student will not survive to draw readers in. The situation is believeable- the school is closed, the buses go, and seven students who are waiting for rides are left behind with a teacher- who goes out to help a motorist, and (presumably) dies in the blizzard, leaving the students behind.

The characters were a bit predictable, but their int...more
Heather
I love books and films in which a group of disparate survivors are thrown together in seemingly dire circumstances. It's worked well for books like Stephen King's The Stand, or movies like Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later, or The Mist (also by King), and I'd hoped it would do so for Michael Northrop's slender YA book, Trapped.

Unfortunately, while there was a lot of potential story to be mined in this tale of seven high-schoolers trapped in their school during a nor'easter that lasts an entire wee...more
Kate
This was a really amazing book. 7 students are trapped at their high school as Snowpocolpse rages outside. They were supposed to go home early, but for one reason or another they were still in the school waiting hours later. Their rides home never showed up. The roads were closed and nobody was getting in or out. From there it becomes an interesting look at several things- how the weather can hold you captive, how the social structure that makes up a school changes when the need arises and how p...more
Ilsa Bick
Take a blizzard. Make it really bad. Like, storm of the century bad. Throw in seven kids, not all of whom are friends, and strand them in the high school. Now, make sure they have no power, no way out, no ability to let anyone even know where they are. Stir and stand back–and you have the makings for a potentially fascinating book on the individual and group dynamics of survival. This was a great premise–and yet I kind of hesitated to recommend this because while parts of it are very, very good,...more
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“I was thinking: Is this what love is, feeling like you've been spun around underwater? Forgetting how cold you are, until she looks up and you look down and you're embarrassed and the world comes rushing back in? Or is love not being able to get that image out of your head, the image of the moment right before she looked up?” 2 likes
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