Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Book Review: Trapped by Michael Northrup


Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be stuck at school? This is what happens to Scotty and classmates, Pete, Jason, Krista, Julie, Les and Elijah. A major snowstorm leaves the 7 of them are trapped in the school as the snow falls at an astonishing rate. They hope that it's only one night in the school before the roads are clear and they are free to go home.

The next morning, there is even more snow, and it doesn't seem to be stopping. Eight (plus) feet of snow built up against the school, power is out and cell phones are without a signal. The 7 students know they are stuck, but for how long? Using the school resources, their own knowledge of buildings and survival skills, these 7 students have to bunker down and survive.

Scotty wants to be the leader and have the other students look up to him, especially cute freshman Krista. Even if she doesn't notice him, he has his buddies Pete and Jason by his side, while Krista buddies up with her friend Julie. Les, a bully that students usually avoid, and Elijah who is just odd, end up banding together. All 7 of them end up needing to work together order to make the the best of this cold situation.

Author Michael Northrup does a great job setting a chilly and creepy mood. Read this one on a hot day with plenty of sunshine, or be prepared to keep looking out the window to make sure there isn't snow outside. The book will pull you in and you won't be able to wait to find out if they make it out of the school alive.

If you enjoy survival stories such as Hatchet, How We Live Now and Life as We Knew It, you will enjoy Trapped. And let's face it, while we may not get the Nor'easter level storms like they do on the East coast, Midwestern winters do see a fair share of snow. Trapped might make you think twice about wishing for a snow day.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Now reading The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman)