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TRAPPED

A 2013 American Library Association/YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults
A 2012 ALA/YALSA Readers’ Choice List selection
A 2012 ALA/YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
A Spring 2011 Indie Next List selection
A Barnes & Noble “Must-Read for Teens”
A 2012 TAYSHAS (Texas) High School Reading List selection
A Readers’ Choice List selection in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Virginia
A StorySnoops “Best of 2011″ pick
“The pages turn like wildfire.”—Booklist
“For readers of all ages… The book buries you.”—NPR, All Things Considered
“A gripping disaster story.”—Publishers Weekly
“A rousing, suspenseful tale… It all felt real.”—PW: ShelfTalker
“Truly impossible to put down.”—RT Book Reviews Magazine

From USA TODAY, January 27, 2011:

“Some snow days dump so much snow that only Stephen King could enjoy them. Trapped is narrated by a 15-year-old basketball player who’s trapped with six classmates — four other boys and two girls — in their rural New England high school while it snows for an entire week. The snow knocks out power, heat and, perhaps worst of all, cellphones. The compelling plot of this young-adult novel is more The Breakfast Club than Lord of the Flies. Author Michael Northrop deftly describes teens who are tested by the endless snow: ‘It wasn’t a storm; it was whatever comes after that.’ “

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  1. Michael / Jan 26 2014

    Thanks, Arianna! I hope there will be one. The film rights have been optioned (as they say in Hollywood), so now we just have to wait and see!

  2. Erika Williford / Feb 7 2014

    I love this book! I cannot wait to have my middle school students read it. Currently, I am putting together a unit for this book since there isn’t one out in internet land yet. Just wondering – what do you feel is the main theme of your book? I want to have my kids come up with this too, but I thought I would ask the primary source first:) Thanks for any insight you have.

  3. Michael / Feb 9 2014

    Hi Erika. That’s awesome! I’m really glad you enjoyed the book so much, and I think it’s amazing that you’re putting together a unit on it. I am a little hesitant to answer that question here, though. I feel like, if I do, it sort of implies that there’s one right answer, and I truly do not believe that. IMHO, once I write something, it belongs as much to each reader as to me. People have told me that they think the main theme is survival or the balance between individual responsibility and societal structure or group dynamics or social interactions and preconceptions or a bunch of other things, and I think those are all very perceptive.

    I can say one definitive thing on the topic, though. The author (that jerk!) may not be willing to say what he thinks the main theme is, but the main character says what he thinks it’s all about on page 212…

    Anyway, thanks so much for writing. I hope that helps a little. Best of luck with the unit!

  4. Jules / Feb 15 2014

    I just finished Trapped and it was a very good book.

  5. Michael / Feb 15 2014

    Thanks, Jules! I’m very happy that you liked it—thanks for writing and letting me know!

  6. turtle mccreery / Feb 16 2014

    OMG…. love this book! just a random question, what happens to mr. gossell?

  7. Michael / Feb 18 2014

    Hi Turtle,
    Thanks for writing! I’m glad you enjoyed the book! I think your name is really cool, too. (I like my name, but I’ve always kind of wished it was less common and more interesting.)

    I get this question pretty often. I can’t answer it here, since a lot of the people who visit this page haven’t read the book yet. But I can tell you that there’s a big clue in the book about whether or not Mr. Gossell survives. It’s on page 161, and as we all know, fairy tales aren’t true…

    Anyway, I hope that helps. Thanks again!

  8. Wingo / Feb 22 2014

    Is there going to be a sequel or are you ending it like it is but even if you aren’t it’s still my favorite book!

  9. Michael / Feb 24 2014

    Thanks, Wingo! That’s awesome—I’m really glad that it’s your favorite book! I have some other books I have to write first, but I still hold out hope for another book, or maybe some stories, that take place after the end of this one.

  10. Suzyq725 / Mar 24 2014

    Just finished reading this gripping book but a follow up as to what happens to the kids in the school & their families would have been a better ending. Unless you are planning a sequel book ?

  11. Michael / Mar 26 2014

    Thanks, Suzy. I’m glad you liked it. Yeah, I hear that a lot. Sigh. I just started a big new project, so a sequel would be a way off. I wish there were two of me so I could write both!

  12. Adam dyer / Mar 26 2014

    Dude I love the book but I was mad when WEEMS left and then he just did nothing for the rest. You need to tie up some few lose ends . Like does Krista and Wemms become a couple. So please and I am speaking for my self and billions of others…. PLEASE MAKE ANOTHER BOOK!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Michael / Mar 26 2014

    Thanks, Adam! I’m glad you love the book! Weems did at least one important thing for the others (that helicopter was turning around for a reason…), but I hear you about the rest. I’m totally buried with other work right now—but I guess buried by work is better than buried by snow!

  14. Adam dyer / Mar 26 2014

    Snow is fun! And weems did turn around. Check out my blog please at Adamlovesbookssite.wordpress.com . Thank you. I hope for a sequel

  15. Michael / Mar 29 2014

    Hey Adam. Your blog looks great! I think it’s cool you put a picture of yourself right at the top: If it’s your blog, it should look like it, right? (Unfortunately for me, if I put a picture of myself at the top of this one, I’m afraid I’d scare everyone away :o ) Anyway, good luck with the blog. I’m sure you’re going to write some awesome stuff there!

  16. adamlovesbooks / Mar 29 2014

    Who u looked at my blog!!!!! This is such an honor. It’s an honor to talk to you

  17. Michael / Mar 30 2014

    Thanks, Adam!

  18. adamlovesbooks / Mar 30 2014

    Do u have internships for kids my age???? I am 11

  19. Michael / Mar 31 2014

    Hi Adam,
    I wish I did! You’d be an awesome intern. Hopefully, someday soon I’ll be famous enough—or at least organized enough—for stuff like that!

  20. adamlovesbooks / Mar 31 2014

    Well if you made a trapped trilogy you might be famous enough HINT HINT or a trapped movie HINT HINT

  21. Michael / Mar 31 2014

    You are certainly persistent—which is, of course, an excellent quality in an intern :) I’m still hopeful about a movie, but sadly, those things aren’t really up to me. :\

  22. adamlovesbooks / Mar 31 2014

    I try

  23. Sam / Apr 1 2014

    I just stayed up finishing “Trapped” and let me say…that was amazing and horrifying at the same time. The entire time I read it, I kept looking out the window and wondering why there wasn’t any snow…there was rain, but no snow. I kept thinking how terrified I would be to be trapped in my school for a week, to see that thing that happened towards the end during the rescue attempt and to just go through everything they did during that week…the book was hilarious, by the way. But you know, scary in a way only books are at the same time. I kept thinking about Mr.Gossell and the shop teacher who offered them a ride, and the ‘headlights’ one person went after…were they still there? But then I remembered how Scotty had said that driver froze in their snowplows…how terrible would that be!
    But all I really wanted to say was; “Trapped” is a great book, narrated by a relatable character in an unimaginable situation.

  24. Michael / Apr 3 2014

    Thanks, Sam! I’m really glad you enjoyed the book so much, and that you had such a strong reaction to it. Your recap of the action is fantastic! As I was reading your comment, I was reliving the book myself. I actually wrote a lot of it during the winter. Sometimes I would look up after writing for an hour or two and see snow on windowsill and freak out. I’d have to take a few moments and remind myself that it was only a book—but a book plus your imagination is a powerful thing!

    Thanks again for writing and sharing your fantastic comment!

  25. Lucy / Apr 26 2014

    Hi Michael! Love this book to the moon and back. Although, I really hope you find time to write an afterwards book to tie up the loose ends. I understand you’re busy, but great authors like you will find time! As I can see, a lot of other fans would like this too. :)

  26. Michael / Apr 28 2014

    Thanks, Lucy! I am glad you got so many miles’ worth of enjoyment out of the book! It’s true that I am very busy right now, but I am also *very* susceptible to flattery :)

  27. Sam Whitehouse / May 1 2014

    Hi, Michael. I’m a big fan of disaster books/movies and when Trapped appeared on my ‘you might like’ list on Amazon i bought it straight away. I’m halfway through at the moment and it’s awesome. I’m from the UK and we’ve seen a couple snow storms, some bad ones, but nothing like what happens in Trapped. I was wondering how you made it feel so authentic? Did you research snow storms or have you been in one yourself?

  28. Michael / May 6 2014

    Thanks, Sam! I’m glad you’re enjoying the book so far. Sorry it’s taken me a few days to respond. I was up in my tiny hometown with limited internet access. And speaking of that hometown…it played a big role in my research for Trapped. It is in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains and gets a lot of snow. I experienced quite a few big blizzards and nor’easters growing up. There was one that dumped four feet of snow on the town—and I was barely four feet tall myself, at that point! The concept of snow up past my eyeballs definitely stuck with me, and I thought about those big, childhood storms a lot when I was writing Trapped. I also did some research on the huge “lake effect” snowstorms that take place in upstate New York. Some of those have gone on for 10-12 straight days. I even reference a few of the towns in the book.

    I hope that answers your question. Thanks for writing!

  29. Allie / May 19 2014

    I am doing a book report on Trapped and I was wondering if you could give me an example of rhetorical questioning in your book? It’s a great book and I enjoyed reading it!

  30. Michael / May 21 2014

    Thanks, Allie! I’m really glad you enjoyed the book! I can’t just straight-up answer homework questions here, though :o I finished school a looonnnggg time ago—and now I’m on deadline for my *own* assignment (my next book)!

    Sorry about that, but I’m sure you’ll do great on the report. After all, you have excellent taste in books :)

  31. Lilly / Jun 1 2014

    What is the message you are trying to convey to your readers?

  32. Michael / Jun 3 2014

    Hi Lilly. Thanks for writing. I can’t just straight up answer homework questions on here, though. I did that a few times before and the pages just get flooded. Good luck with your assignment, though!

  33. Rachel / Jul 30 2014

    Just finished your book and it is truly inspiring. I read the entire book in one sitting, not even realizing I was at the end until I turned the final page! (which frustrated me a lot). I hope you write a sequel and answer some questions I’m sure A LOT of people are thinking. It must be a great accomplishment to publish such a popular book that people around the world read (including me in the UK!) One of the best books I’ve read in a long time, that left me frantically turning the pages. :)

  34. Michael / Jul 31 2014

    Thanks, Rachel! I am really glad you enjoyed the book. I was in the UK in February and had a lovely time. (I was doing research for an upcoming book, but I found some time to see the sights, too!)

    Hope you’re having a nice summer!

  35. kristen / Aug 13 2014

    PLEASE WRITE A SEQUEL I HAD TO READ THIS FOR SCHOOL AND IT WAS AMAZING! WHAT HAPPENS TO THE REST OF THEM OTHER THAN SCOTTY?

  36. Michael / Aug 16 2014

    Thanks, Kristen! I’m glad you enjoyed the book so much. Your vote has been counted, and I APPRECIATE YOUR ENTHUSIASM! :)

  37. robert arroyo / Aug 25 2014

    What’s the theme of this book???

  38. Michael / Aug 26 2014

    Hi Robert. I think the book has several themes, depending on how you interpret it and what elements you focus on. I think that’s true of most books. One of the themes of this page, however, is the author’s stubborn reluctance to answer homework questions! :) (Good luck, though!)

  39. Karina / Oct 3 2014

    I read the book in a day, it was pretty interesting, but i kind of wanted more information on Elijah’s character. He intrigued me the most possibly because of how he was so diverse from the ‘normal’ people. Oh, and did you post an epilogue or did you decide not to? the book was great :)

  40. Karina / Oct 3 2014

    I don’t know are you really keeping tracks of votes or considering writing an epilogue or sequel? Well i guess you did add in those extra pieces of information to let us know that what would probably happen. Of course i can’t be sure but as i’m looking back to see if i can confirm their fates i realized just now from something in page 8…. man i should have realized that sooner XD. I didn’t look at all the pages tho just looked back through the first few, i guess i should read it again to see a better perspective of what happened to them.

  41. Michael / Oct 8 2014

    Hi Karina,
    I think you could say I am keeping a “loose count” of the votes! I definitely notice every one, and I try to respond to them all too. I may have missed my chance to write an epilogue or sequel, though—at least for a while. I am writing a new series and am just starting the third of five books, so I will be pretty busy for the next year or two.

    I am really glad you were intrigued by Elijah, though. He definitely grew on me as I was writing the book. At first I thought of him as a minor character, but by the time I finished he was one of my favorites, and I wound up giving him a bigger role than I’d originally planned.

    Anyway, thanks for writing! I hope you’re having a great week!

  42. Eva / Oct 9 2014

    This book is amazing because it shows the whole process of the seven kids fight with natural disaster just in five days.Actually, i am a Chinese.I read this book with no any translation.My English teacher gave us an assignment that is read an English novel independently and do some project.I am doing the 25 plot line with “Trapped”.I hope that i can get some suggestions from here.Thanks for this book bring to me a wonderful story.

  43. Michael / Oct 14 2014

    Hi Eva,
    Thanks for writing! I am sorry it took me so long to respond—I am visiting Berlin right now and away from my office. I am very impressed that you read my book without a translation. That is amazing! Translating novels is hard work, even for professionals.

    I am also thrilled that you enjoyed the book. (I would’ve felt awful if you went through all that work and didn’t like it!) I hope you’re having a great week. Best of luck with your studies!

  44. Yvonne / Oct 22 2014

    My 8th graders from Grayslake Middle School in Illinois just finished your book today and they loved it. They could not wait to contact you. They would love, love, love if there was a movie. Anything in the works? They loved the description and the details. It grabbed their attention from the very start. they became so adept at making predictions and really putting themselves in the characters’ shoes. Thank you so much for writing a story that my reluctant readers loved to read.

  45. Michael / Oct 23 2014

    Thanks, Yvonne! That is awesome! I am very happy to hear that. I can tell you that writing the book was a very immersive process for me. I did it over a very intense stretch—and during the winter, no less! I’d spend hours imagining what it was like in those cold, dark hallways and then look up and nearly fall out of my chair when I saw snow on the windowsill.

    As for a movie, nothing has come together yet. The book has been optioned for film a few times, but there are a lot of steps along the way, and something has always come up to put the brakes on. I’m still hopeful that a movie will happen eventually, though. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one!

    Anyway, thanks again, to you and to your whole class. I hope you are having a great fall, but don’t forget to prepare for winter!

  46. Jennifer Myers / Oct 23 2014

    Hi! I have read this book 2 times and now I am reading it again. I love this book so much!

  47. Michael / Oct 24 2014

    Thanks, Jennifer! That’s very cool. I am really glad you enjoy it so much!

  48. J Cobb / Oct 27 2014

    Okay, so this book is great.
    I love Scott’s mind set about things, and the certain details you like to include, though I have a question.
    For some reason, my mind keeps telling me that Les and Eugene may be homosexual. In the book, I feel that it hints it, but I want to be for sure.
    Is Les, and/or Eugene homosexual?

    Thanks!

  49. Michael / Oct 28 2014

    Thanks, J! I’m really glad you enjoyed the book. That’s the first time anyone has asked me that! All I can say is that the book is from Scotty’s perspective, so we only know what he does about the others, and he has no idea. The thought doesn’t really occur to him over the course of the book.

    With stuff that’s not in the book, I prefer to leave it up to individual readers to decide. Once the book is published, I truly believe the story belongs as much to you as it does to me.

  50. J Cobb / Oct 28 2014

    No problem!
    I’m satisfied with this answer, thanks a ton!
    In my point of view, I feel there’s hints, just by the way the characters are, I guess.
    And whoops! I just realized I wrote Eugene instead of Elijah, I’m sorry! o:

    Thanks for the quick response, by the way!

  51. Michael / Oct 29 2014

    Great! I’m glad that makes sense to you. And don’t worry about the Eugene thing. I knew who you meant—and I won’t tell Elijah about it!

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