Trapped

My latest read, Trapped by Michael Northrop, made me even happier than I already am that I live in the South.  We don’t get much snow here, and anything over a few inches basically shuts my entire state down.  This past January, we had about a foot of snow, and schools were out for an entire week.  So, we don’t handle the white stuff all that well.  I don’t know what we’d do if we had a severe snowstorm like the one depicted in Trapped, and I honestly hope I never find out.

Scotty Weems is a sophomore at Tattawa High School.  He has two really close friends, and he’s on the varsity basketball team.  He doesn’t think about much else.  On the day the snow begins to come down, Scotty’s main concern is the basketball game being cancelled.  He doesn’t realize that he’ll soon have bigger worries.  Because the snow doesn’t stop, and Scotty, six other students, and one teacher are stranded at school.  No one comes to pick them up.  Surely this storm will blow over soon, and help will come, right?  Wrong.

As the snow begins to pile up, and the lone teacher tries to go for help, it becomes clear that these students are on their own.  Days go by.  The snow keeps falling.  There is no heat, and the pipes freeze.  The snow keeps falling.  Tempers flare, hope begins to wane, and the roof begins to collapse.  And the snow keeps falling.  How can a group of seven kids hope to survive this monster storm when it’s becoming more and more apparent that no help is in sight?  Does anyone even know they’re there?  Join Scotty and friends in their fight to survive when you read Trapped by Michael Northrop.

Trapped is a book that I think guys and girls will find interesting, and it could spark some “What would you do?” conversations.  I imagine many teenagers might think spending a week in a high school without adult supervision would be cool.  In this book, though, the kids were just trying to survive.  Sure, they raided the cafeteria and broke into a few rooms, but it wasn’t to see what they could get into.  It was to find what they needed to make it out of this storm alive…and readers soon realize that not all of them will.  Trapped is a gripping story that will definitely make readers think about just what they would do to survive.

For more information about author Michael Northrop and Trapped, visit http://michaelnorthrop.net/.

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