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Spring 2011 Kids' Next List
“Seven high school students get trapped in their school during a blizzard. The storm turns into a once-in-a-lifetime nor'easter and the supposed overnight stay turns into days, as the snow piles up higher and higher. The interaction and ingenuity of the students as their problems increase will keep you intrigued. Highly recommend for readers of all ages!”
— Barbara Rodean, A Likely Story, Sykesville, MD
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. . . .
About the Author
Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of the middle-grade adventure series TombQuest. He is also the author of On Thin Ice; Trapped, an Indie Next List selection; Plunked, a New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection and an NPR Backseat Book Club pick; and other titles. An editor at Sports Illustrated Kids for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. Learn more at michaelnorthrop.net.
Praise for Trapped
"Compelling... Michael Northrop deftly describes teens who are tested by the endless snow." - USA Today
"A gripping disaster story... Northrop's solid storytelling should keep readers rapt." - Publishers Weekly
"An edge-of-your-seat experience... Just as he did in Gentlemen, Northrop gets at the core of human nature through masterful pacing." - Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Gentlemen
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A Publishers Weekly Flying Start
"One dark ride.... The brutal narration, friendships put through the wringer and the sense of dread that permeates the novel will keep readers hooked." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Northrop's first novel is creepy, yet it has what can pass for a happy - or at least satisfying - ending." - The New York Times Book Review
"A riveting thriller... This is a rare sort of book that may work just as well for reluctant readers as it will avid ones." - Booklist, starred review
"Taut as a high-tension wire in execution." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books