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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!

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