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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Trapped by Michael Northrop:Book Review

Michael Northrop
Scholastic  Press
ISBN: 978-0-545-21012-6
Suggested Ages: 12-18
Release Date: February 1, 2011

Description: 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....

The Good Stuff
  • Wanted this book based on the cover alone -- wonderful cover gets you totally in the mood for the story and the graphic of the snow on each of the chapters really adds to the mood
  • Great messages about how looks can be deceiving and how people react during adverse conditions
  • Good strong male protagonist
  • I think it would be an excellent book for reluctant male readers
  • The story was very well written and exciting and kept me from putting the book down - I read it in one sitting -- which is also why I was so disappointed by the ending
  • Great for reading during a snowstorm (not much of one, but it was the most we had gotten so far) sort of like reading The Stand when you have a cold
  • Humour and language will definitely appeal to the male YA (or immature Library Techs like me)
  • Setting was done so incredibly well you will find yourself freezing and looking out the window all the time
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Hated how the book just sort of ended - expected more. Won't lie this fact disappointed me and took away a little of my love for the story
  • Also would have liked more development or background of some of the secondary characters
  • Really found it hard to believe that after a week there would be no mention of fact that 7 kids were missing even with the blizzard - just sayin. If my kid hadn't contacted me somehow I would be out in that blizzard trying to find him
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"When I was a kid, I had a little round cell phone with one button so that I could call my mom or she could call me.  It had some embarrassing name, like Doodlebug, but it really should've been called Leash."

"If I could've I would've asked him to put down the trumpet and pick up a snow shovel to clear off the roof for us but to step light when he did it.  I didn't know a lot about angels, just what everyone knows plus what I'd learn the one year I went to Sunday School, but I knew they didn't do yard work."

"We busted out laughing. He knew that's what we all used to think about him, that he was that weird kid in the library, and it was cool of him to bust on himself."

What I Learned
  • Boy's really are idiots sometimes : )
  • Makes you really think what would you have done in the situation
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Great for male reluctant readers around 13-17
  • Those who like a quick suspenseful story
  • A good book for discussing survival techniques with students

3.5 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review

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