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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 . 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!

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  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?


  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!

  52. lillian / Nov 4 2014

    thanks so much for writing this book! It was really was phenomenal. Although many other people in the comments are asking for a sequel, I on the other hand don’t know how that would work out, because after you find out what happens to scotty and his friends, what else would you write the book about? I do think however, that maybe you could publish an epilogue of some sort, I don’t really know how you’d do that, but I think if you could, that would be amazing! Unless of course, you wanted to have all the characters die. That would be bad and make me very sad. (haha that rhymed!) I REALLY hope seems ended up with Krista, because they are the cutest couple! That I think would be a bit sad too though, because then I’d feel bad for Julie, being all alone with no peter. I was really sad after what happened to him. (I don’t want to spoil it) He was one of my favorite characters, even if he was impulsive and annoying. He reminded me a bit of my younger brother actually. I also would love to know whether everyone’s family survived or not, and more specifics on what happened to everyone after they were found. Thanks so much for writing this amazing book! It was definitely worth the read, even if many questions were un answered. I guess that is the beauty of it though, you can decide yourself what happened to everyone!

  53. lillian / Nov 4 2014

    also, I love the pun you have under your name. author-ized… HAHAHAHAAA

  54. Michael / Nov 8 2014

    Thanks, Lillian! I am really glad you enjoyed it! I sometimes joke that a sequel would be called Trapped 2: The Shoveling. There would definitely be a lot to do, but it would be a *very* different book. One of my favorite things about Trapped is how confined it is: seven people in one location. It’s almost like a play in that way, and it would be an entirely different sort of story without that element. I don’t think it would be bad, just… different. My other favorite thing is exactly what you said: That readers can decide for themselves what they think happens.

    Anyway, thanks again! I hope you are having a nice weekend—and your younger brother too! And for the record, I felt bad for Pete, too. As soon as I realized where the story was heading I thought “poor guy.”

  55. Bob / Nov 13 2014

    This book was phenomenal. I could not stop reading this book. Your creation was like a movie because of the plethora of details. Could you please make a sequel? Thanks.

  56. Bob / Nov 13 2014

    How did you come up with this story? Is based on a real event? These were just a few questions I had.

  57. Michael / Nov 14 2014

    Thanks, Bob! I’m really glad you enjoyed it so much! The book isn’t based on any one event in particular, but it does include little pieces of real events. For example, when I was a kid a huge snow storm dumped four feet of snow on my town. I was only about four-feet-tall myself at the time, and I remember looking out the window and realizing that if I went outside I would basically disappear! That idea of snow up past my eyeballs stayed with me ever since, and it was a big part of my inspiration for this book.

  58. Lily Thompson / Nov 20 2014

    Oh my God! I was so sad and mortified at the same time when Pete was found **** (I won’t say what happened cause people might look on here before they read the book, but I’m pretty sure it’s obvious what I mean)!!! Also, I know a bunch of people have said this like a million times, but I needs a sequel! Would you happen to have finished/ been working one yet?

  59. Gage K. / Nov 22 2014

    Hi. My name is Gage. I’m only 13. I have always loved making stories. I like making short and long ones. Your books are way higher above the line than mine could ever be. You had the mood just right and the characters could not have been more perfect for this story. I would love if you made more books like a series of this when you get time. Although, I know you have a lot of books to do. I still wait for the day I could get to the expertise that you have. One day I hope to meet you. I am going to make a website soon with stories on it from me. I will link on this page when I get done with a few or I will send you an email. If you like them, I hope that you might use some of them for future books and maybe you could get me in with you. I’m pretty good. you will be surprised when you see them. Thanks for such an awesome book.

  60. Michael / Nov 23 2014

    Hi Lily! Thanks for writing—and sorry about that! It was a rough scene to write. I didn’t feel good about it, but I knew I had to do it for the story.

    As for what I’m working on now: I am smack-dab in the middle of my new series. I am writing Book #3, hoping to finish it up soon, so it will be all about TombQuest over here for a while! (Sorry about that, too!)

  61. Michael / Nov 23 2014

    Hi Gage! It’s great to hear from you. You have a very cool name, and I think it’s awesome that you are a writer. I also started out writing short stories and then worked my way up to books. You are starting much earlier than I did, though. If you keep it up—and I bet you will—you can definitely be every bit as good as I am. (Some people don’t think I’m all that good, anyway—and they are happy to tell me all about it—so I really appreciate your kind comments too!)

    Definitely send a link to your website once it’s ready—it sounds amazing! Unfortunately, I can’t really work with you on the stories or use them in my books. My agent and publisher won’t let me do things like that. I think that’s too bad, but I signed my name on the dotted line so now I’m stuck. I definitely hope you keep writing and working on your stories, though. I am looking forward to hearing your name in the future, and maybe seeing it in a bookstore someday, not too far from mine!

  62. Gage K. / Nov 23 2014

    Ok this is my site I told you about I cant put my whole book on there or everybody would just take it, so click on link or copy it. Go to read tab and click on the icon. then click save as and save it somewhere and open it. then look at my other tabs on the website if you want. But definitely read my story, my parents thought it was really good and I do too if you see any errors let me know if you want. thanks

  63. Michael / Nov 29 2014

    Hey Gage! OK, cool. I will check it out as soon as I get a chance. I enjoyed the piece you sent me. I Ioved the details and the mood you created. My favorite line: “I was more in the middle of well-known and basically see-through.” Awesome writing. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  64. Mimi / Dec 12 2014

    Oh.m.gosh. I love your book so much. But Pete…..What happens to Julie after the book. Also, what happens to everyone else after the book because I have been contemplating ideas and I need to know. I. NEED. TO. KNOW. I don’t even need a whole book (not saying that wouldn’t be AMAZING) I just need a closure to this pile of mixed feeling towards the cliffhanger. Thanks.

  65. Michael / Dec 15 2014

    Thanks for writing, Mimi! I am glad you enjoyed the book. You are definitely not alone in wanting to know what happens after the book ends (apart from a whole lot of shoveling)! Unfortunately—or fortunately, depending on how you look at it—people keep asking me to write new books. At the moment I am smack-dab in the middle of writing a five-book series, something I never would have imagined when I started writing Trapped way back in 2007! Maybe someday things will slow down and I’ll have time to get back to Tattawa and see what Julie and the rest of them are up to. (Or maybe someone will finally make a movie of Trapped and I can make it my life again, at least for a while.) In the meantime, I encourage you to think about what you know, and what you feel, about the characters and the situation and decide on your own ending! Oh and also: Happy Holidays!

  66. Mrs. Rutkowski's 6th Grade Book Club / Dec 17 2014

    Dear Michael Northrop,
    We are a group of sixth graders in Davison, Michigan. Lately we have been reading your book Trapped. We have enjoyed the story for the most part, but we are kind of left wondering. We are wondering if you could answer some of our questions?

    Does everyone else in Tattawa high school survive? What happened to Mr.Gossel? Did he freeze and die out there? What happened to Jason’s dad? Also we were wondering if you were going to make a sequal?

    Unfortunately, we were disappointed with the ending. Our teacher told us that maybe you wanted us to infer but were not satisfied. So we were thrilled when she told us we could contact you.
    Swag Masters (The Book Club)

  67. Michael / Dec 19 2014

    Check ya email, Swag Masters! (And Happy Holidays!) (And go, Wolverines!)

  68. jinny / Dec 19 2014

    i loved this book it is the greatest everyone should read it!!!

  69. Michael / Dec 19 2014

    Thanks so much, Jinny! I really appreciate that (and I hope everyone does read it)! Happy Holidays!

  70. suzy / Jan 7 2015

    was there any research involved while writing this book or was it all imagination

  71. Michael / Jan 8 2015

    Hi Suzy,
    Yeah, I did some research: on meteorology and buildings in extreme climates and things like that. A lot of the research just involved growing up in a very snowy place, though!

  72. Angelina / Jan 18 2015

    Even though I never read the book Trapped, I think I’m going to like it no matter what. I can’t wait for you to come to my school! I way too excited for you to come! I cannot wait to get Trapped and Tombquest!

  73. Michael / Jan 18 2015

    Thanks, Angelina! I really hope you enjoy *both* books. I am looking forward to visiting your school!

  74. Timmy / Jan 20 2015

    Hi i Love this book! I wish you could come to my school. :( Best book i have ever seen

  75. Timmy / Jan 20 2015

    Sorry But GO BUCKS!

  76. Timmy / Jan 20 2015


  77. Michael / Jan 20 2015

    Thanks, Timmy! I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. Sorry your school isn’t on my tour schedule right now. Maybe after the Bucks win it all! :)

  78. Timmy / Jan 25 2015

    Trapped is coming alive have u seen the news

  79. Timmy / Jan 25 2015

    Margaret Peterson Haddax is visiting my school

  80. Michael / Jan 25 2015

    Hi Timmy,
    Yep, there is snow doubt about it—snow is going to be falling by the truckload this week :o That’s awesome about the school visit! I’ll bet she has a really cool presentation.

  81. Timmy / Jan 26 2015

    Have you met mar great Peterson Haddax?

  82. Michael / Jan 26 2015

    Nope, not yet!

  83. Swagapus / Jan 27 2015


  84. Michael / Jan 27 2015

    And I award points for creativity! It’s probably just as well that I don’t know what “swagapus” actually means, though…

  85. Hailey Roberts / Jan 30 2015

    Mr. Northrop,

    I absolutely fell in love with your book. I love the moral and everything about it, but as I was reading through the comments, lots of people want a sequel and a movie. I totally agree with them. It would really make my world complete with either one. I hope you do find the time to make a sequel it would definatly be a big hit. I hope to get the chance to read all of your books and I hope your career as a writer continues to grow.

    Thanks, Hailey

  86. Michael / Jan 31 2015

    Hi Hailey,
    Thanks so much for this wonderful letter. I am really glad you enjoyed the book so much, and I appreciate you taking the time to write and let me know. A big hit does sound pretty tempting… :) Hope you are having a wonderful winter!

  87. Spoiler / Jan 31 2015

    [No spoilers—mn :) ]! Dont ban this comment

  88. Timmy / Jan 31 2015

    Mr Northrap,

    I love the book trapped, i hope you come out with a movie!

  89. Timmy / Jan 31 2015

    Sorry i ment Mr. Northrop

  90. Michael / Jan 31 2015

    Thanks again, Timmy!

  91. Billy bob / Feb 5 2015


  92. Michael / Feb 5 2015

    Hi Billy bob,
    I think we have a mutual friend named Swagapus!

  93. Jessica / Feb 10 2015

    I love this book. Read while I was grounded (I’m a nerdy teenager), but the ending I didn’t enjoy. The idea of suspense doesn’t appeal to me and most people would assume that [Sorry, Jessica, I had to edit this part! Most people who come to this page haven’t read the book yet and I don’t want to spoil it for them!—MN] and they live happily ever after. Although the twist […] has me thinking that maybe that didn’t happen and the snow had started falling again and they crashed. I’ve always been close with English teachers. They always try to explain to me, that it is what makes a book better for some people, to imagine the unwritten ending for themselves. I was wondering if this is one of those books. Also, Why didn’t Jason say anything to Peter about the balance not being correct in his argument to sway Peters actions?

  94. Michael / Feb 11 2015

    Thanks for the long and thoughtful comment, Jessica. (Sorry I had to snip a few bits!) This is definitely “one of those books.” It is also the story of those teens in that place at that time, so when the adults come in—and really the larger world comes into play—it is the end of that story, and the beginning of another one. As for Jason, he didn’t know for sure. He’d never had a chance to test it himself, after all. He was unsure of his creation, but also kind of proud of it (at first). He was also, as you probably noticed, not the most social or talkative guy. Communication, especially of insecurities, isn’t always easy for him.

  95. Lisa / Feb 13 2015

    My son just picked up the Tombquest Book Of The Dead at his Bookfair and he absolutely loves it!! He is also enjoying Tombquest the game. I cannot wait for him to complete his read, so I can read it. I thought Trapped was a great book, and did book talks on it to Middle School and High School students when I worked as a sales rep for Scholastic. We both find you to be a very talented author. Thank you!

  96. Michael / Feb 14 2015

    Thanks, Lisa! I am glad he is enjoying the book so much—and the game, too! (I’ll bet he is already better at the game than I am!) I really appreciate you writing to let me know, and I appreciate all of the work you did to promote Trapped too. I hope you both have a fantastic weekend!

  97. Alex / Feb 24 2015

    Hi, Mr. Northrop.

    I initially began reading your book for a school assignment, but began flying through it after the first few chapters. I loved how it wasn’t some sappy love story like people try to make these things out to be; it really was about survival. But I must tell you: I was not prepared for (spoiler) to die like that, though it set up the end nicely. I also love how you made Scotty a real person and included his zit distress. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like this that included zit distress.

    One more thing:

    I hate Julie. I hate the fact that she ditched (spoiler) after he attempted to defend her honor and didn’t even like, kiss him goodbye when he (spoiler).

    It should have been her.


  98. Terra Price / Feb 26 2015

    Is there an audiobook version of Trapped?

  99. Michael / Feb 27 2015

    Thanks, Alex! I am very glad you enjoyed the book! After spending so much time writing that book—and inside Scotty’s perspective—he began to seem very real to me. Instead of writing about an imaginary person, it felt almost like getting to know a real one, and it became much easier to imagine the details of his day-to-day, and even minute-to-minute life in there. It was a very intense process!

    Yeah, Julie… All I’ll say about that is, under such intense circumstances, I think a lot of people would behave in ways that they wouldn’t be too proud of afterwards.

    Anyway, thanks again for writing. Hope you have a great weekend!

  100. Michael / Feb 27 2015

    Hi Terra! No, there isn’t an audiobook—at least not yet. Trapped was published four years ago now(!), when not as many books were being made into audiobooks. (Or maybe no one wanted to listen to a narrator talk about all that snow for so long!)

  101. Terra Price / Feb 27 2015

    Are there any plans to create an audiobook? I have a class of special education students who are much stronger in listening comprehension and they really want to read the book. Just curious.



  102. Michael / Feb 27 2015

    None that I know of, Terra. Sorry about that. The books in my new series, TombQuest, are the first of mine to be made into audiobooks.

  103. Project_Low_Lyfe / Mar 3 2015

    I loved this book!!! I hated the way it ended though….i read it as a senior in high school which i am now and at the time it was snowing so i was huddled up in my house vaping and reading in front of the fireplace

  104. Michael / Mar 3 2015

    Thanks, man. I’m glad you enjoyed the book—if not the ending so much. What’s amazing to me is that this book has been out for more than four years now. The first time I got a comment like this, vaping wasn’t even a thing! (There were fireplaces, though. The book’s not *that* old!) It was snowing during a lot of the writing process, too. It was pretty intense.

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