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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult
Trapped is definitely a one-sitting read. The sense of impending doom and the buried-alive feeling make it truly impossible to put down. Impressively, Northrop avoids the predictable Lord of the Flies-inspired social disintegration, opting to focus on friendship, yet stopping short of snowshoed kumbayas. Get ready to develop a nor’easter-sized crush on your narrator. The only disappointment here is the ending, which is irritatingly incomplete.
When a freak blizzard descends on a sleepy Connecticut town, sophomore Scotty Weems is unlucky enough to be one of the last of seven students stuck at Tattawa High School. A couple of gorgeous freshmen are stuck as well, so at first the mood is more adventuresome than panicky. Then the storm becomes more threatening, and as the kids hunker down, they become aware that they’re in the eye of an unprecedented natural disaster. (SCHOLASTIC, Feb., 240 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780545210126, HC, 14 & Up)
Reviewed By: Ellen Parsons
Published: February 2011