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A Junior Library Guild Selection!

“This story is scary fun. Loved it!”—R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps

“Everything a thriller reader could ask for.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Middle grade readers looking for an adventure on the high seas … will love this swashbuckling, spine-tingling tale.”—School Library Journal

“A chilling tale of horror on the high seas… Sure to linger after the lights have been turned out.”—Publishers Weekly

“The salty sailing details and the drama of keeping afloat in the face of damaging storms and winds is just as heart-pounding as the struggle for survival against the threat already onboard. An exciting blend of nautical adventure and monstrous horror.”—Kirkus Reviews

Alone at sea, with only the stars to guide them…

The proud sailing ship Polaris is on a mission of scientific exploration, and its crew is eager to bring their discoveries back home. But when half the landing party fails to return from the Amazon jungle, the tensions lead to a bloody mutiny. The remaining adults abandon ship, leaving behind a cabin boy, a botanist’s assistant, and a handful of deckhands — none of them older than twelve. Troubled by whispers of a strange tropical illness and rumors of a wild beast lurking onshore, the young sailors are desperate to steer the vessel to safety. With one of their own already missing and a strange smell drifting up from belowdecks, the novice crew begins to suspect that someone — or something — else is onboard. Having steeled themselves for the treacherous journey home, they now have more to fear than the raging waters of the Atlantic…


A New York Times Bestseller!

TombQuest is a five-book multiplatform series from the publishers of Spirit Animals and The 39 Clues that brings the magic and mystery of ancient Egypt to the modern world. I wrote all five books!

The adventure begins with TombQuest, Book 1: Book of the Dead:
Named one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year by the Los Angeles Public Library

“Like a preteen Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, Alex and Ren make a compelling duo… excellent companions for this fast-paced and scorpion-filled ride.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A thrilling adventure rich in Egyptian mythology and magic… Sure to be a blockbuster.”—Booklist

“Pure adventure from start to finish.”—School Library Connection

“Nonstop action, great horror descriptions, and good camaraderie provide a perfect background for the adventures of this dynamic duo.”—VOYA Magazine

As you read the books, you can also continue the adventure online. Build an Egyptian tomb of your own, hide treasure and protect it with traps, then challenge your friends to play through!

TombQuest is available in English in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, and it has been translated into half a dozen languages (so far!) for publication in Germany, Austria, France, Spain, South America, Catalonia, Turkey, and Iran!

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An American Library Association/YALSA Readers’ Choice selection
An ALA/YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults
An ALA/YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
A Spring 2011 Indie Next List selection
A Barnes & Noble “Must-Read for Teens”

“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.”

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Named one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year by the Bank Street College of Education
One of E! Online’s Best Summer Reads
An American Library Association/YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
A Junior Library Guild Selection
“Strikes a balance of suspense and action, all while interweaving intriguing facts about sharks.”
School Library Journal

He couldn’t sleep. That’s how it all started.
When 13-year-old Davey Tsering wakes, just as the sun is rising, he can’t wait to slip out of the crammed hotel room he’s sharing with his family. Leave it to his parents and kid brother to waste an entire day of vacation sleeping in! Davey heads straight for the beach, book and glasses in hand, not bothering to leave a note. As the sparkling ocean entices him, he decides to test the water, never mind that “No Swimming” sign. But as the waves pull him farther from shore, Davey finds himself surrounded by water—and something else, too. Something circling below the surface, watching, waiting. It’s just a matter of time.

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A young slugger must dig deep to avoid giving up the game he loves….

Named one of the best chapter books of the year by the New York Public Library
Named one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year by the Bank Street College of Education
NPR’s Backseat Book Club Pick for October 2013!

“An uncommonly thoughtful baseball novel.”—Publishers Weekly
“Well-developed characters and a strong narrative voice make this novel about much
 more than baseball…. Pitch-perfect.”—School Library Journal
“Northrop, a former reporter and editor at Sports Illustrated Kids, knows baseball and kids. He weaves an entertaining story about how the games we play can be mental as well as physical.”—USA Today
“It practically smells like freshly mowed grass.”—Librarian Nico Piro, Arlington, VA

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A troubled teen.
 A rescued Rottweiler.
 An unlikely friendship.

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Bank Street College of Education
A Junior Library Guild selection
Named one of 3 Thoughtful Summer Reads for Teens by the Christian Science Monitor
A 2014–15 Keystone to Reading Award finalist

“A sure bet for any reader who loves an underdog, human or canine.”—Publishers Weekly
“A fine portrayal of a boy, a dog and the ties of friends.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A laugh-out-loud book, with so many things to love.”—Christian Science Monitor
“Northrop knows just how to get into the male mind, blending subtle humor with convincing dialogue. But above all, the author knows that nothing gets between a guy and his dog.”—BookPage

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Gritty, fast-paced, and brutally real, this debut takes an unflinching look at what binds friends together—and what can tear them apart. (A book for older teens.)

An ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
A Publishers Weekly Flying Start selection
A New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age
A Junior Library Guild selection
“[A] lean, muscular story.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Creepy.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A Hulk-sized double thumbs-up.”—The Bookshelves of Doom

Gentlemen also received two starred reviews!
“This is a rare sort of book that may work just as well for reluctant readers as it will avid ones . . . A riveting thriller? Yep. A nuanced examination of morality? Yep again. What’s amazing is that they never get in each other’s way.”—Booklist, starred review

“Northrop’s debut is one dark ride . . . The brutal narration, friendships put through the wringer and the sense of dread that permeates the novel will keep readers hooked through the violent climax and its aftermath.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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