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3.28  ·  Rating details ·  7,485 ratings  ·  1,601 reviews
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
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Jackie They explain it towards the end that the 3 parents that were coming to get the kids knew they were at school, but probably were trapped on the road…moreThey explain it towards the end that the 3 parents that were coming to get the kids knew they were at school, but probably were trapped on the road somewhere (or it was suggested they might have died). The other parents assumed the kids had taken the bus home and the said that the parents probably assumed the busses had been trapped somewhere, etc. So even though the parents knew the kids were missing, they didn't know the kids were actually still in the school.(less)
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Feb 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
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
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
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2011
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.
Another 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. T
May 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Sierra Climaco
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Feb 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
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Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Weather conditions develop that are just right to stall a heavy winter blizzard over the upper east coast of the United States. New Englanders are used to Nor'easters, but this storm is something much worse. Seven kids and a teacher wait at their high school. The kids were waiting for rides home, but the snow is coming down so fast that the roads become impassable. They soon realize that nobody is coming for them. When the teacher ventures out into the storm to get help and doesn't come back, th ...more
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't really have any expectations going into this book, I read it very quickly in one day, and I enjoyed it overall, but it was nothing spectacular.
I didn't really like any of the characters, but I did find the plot to be entertaining, and it was interesting seeing their survival skills put to test in this situation.
Without giving anything away, I wasn't a fan of the ending. I would have liked more closure, and I think that simply by adding 20 more pages, or just a quick epilogue, we could h
Courtney Wells
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apocolyptic, ya
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
Jan 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
A finished copy was provided by the publisher for review.

A very realistic portrayal of a teenager trapped in his high school after the biggest blizzard his little town has ever seen.

There are certain realistic situations the teens had to go through such as where will they get food? How did they did heat to keep themselves warm? What would they do for fun? You know the basic necessities to keep on surviving. There was lack of relationships being developed as well. They pretty much sat around and
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
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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
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Ana Mardoll
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ana-reviewed
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
I was never so glad to have a shelf called "shittier than Mel Gibson." It is, I admit, hard to find something shittier than him, and still this book managed.
A book that had all the elements make it a scary, claustrophobic story, was nothing but an incompetently written hot mess told by an insufferable jerk.
Scotty was as shallow as a piss on concrete.
The lack of skill in the writing was astonishing. If I was to narrate my reading experience borrowing Scotty's voice, it would go like this:

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Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
If you're planning to read this book, keep your expectations low.

I love survival stories. I hate books that drag on for a long time. I'm not saying this book was dragged, because it wasn't (?) but the writing made me want to skim a few pages, you know? I know the characters in this book are teenagers, but I'm telling you no one says 'dude' and 'holy crap' THAT much, you know? Scotty was a boring and shallow narrator; the narration tries it's best to seem like it's talking to you, with a great us
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 75-books-in-2017
I liked this book. The only qualm I have about it was that it was way too short. So many things could have happened, more character involved but it was abrupt on a few levels.

I loved the story of a massive blizzard over taking a town, 11 foot of snow or more, high school kids trapped in the high school, trying to survive without adult supervision.
I just wish it hadn't been so short and I did like the ending, it was satisfying and plausible. It was a bit too descriptive in parts on situations th
NekoGirl Meow
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was ok. Readable. If I was asked to read it again, ...i would prefer not too. It was understandable, but I think it ended... a little abruptly? I felt like it should have more feeling to it. The characters were a little too dull. I couldn’t identify the meaning of this story.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-loanable, novels, teen
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
Lindsay Gentles
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
As seen on

I have to start this off by saying that I am a self-proclaimed disaster junkie. "Breaking News" is my crack (sorry if that's offensive, but you get my point). I love any movie that centres around extreme weather (Twister, San Andreas, The Day After Tomorrow, to name a few) so I figured why would books be any different?!

After seeing Trapped on one of the book tube channels I watch and hearing that it was about the biggest snow storm in the histor
(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
Judy Desetti
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: HS,
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
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
I first saw this book on Amazon on my recommended reading list. I thought it looked really interesting so I decided to pick it up. I can't say it was a great book but it was good.

So in the book, the main character Scotty and six other kids get stuck at their high school. A freak blizzard appears and they are forced to stay the night. They think the next day they will be rescued but the snow continues for a week. They have to find food and stay warm. Things start getting really dangerous and the
Benjamin Swartz
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jeff Barber
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Abigail the Fangirl
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: winter-reads
Well, to be honest, this book did not reach my expectations. When I saw this book on the shelf of the library, It seemed so appealing, I mean, the cover, the title, it all looked great, then I started to read it. My first thought? Dull. The characters and the story itself, was just so incredibly dull. I also didn't care for the characters. I feel like a book is enjoyable, if the characters are. The ones in this book, were just so, I don't even know, annoying? You never had the opportunity to get ...more
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Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of Scholastic's new multi-platform series, TombQuest. His first young adult novel, Gentlemen, earned him a Publishers Weekly Flying Start citation, and his second, Trapped, was an Indie Next List selection. His first middle-grade novel, Plunked, was named one of the best children's books of the year by the New York Public Library and was se ...more
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