Trapped (Paperback)

By Michael Northrop

Scholastic Paperbacks, 9780545210133, 232pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2012

Spring 2011 Kids' Next List

“Seven high school students get trapped in their school during a blizzard. The storm turns into a once-in-a-lifetime nor'easter and the supposed overnight stay turns into days, as the snow piles up higher and higher. The interaction and ingenuity of the students as their problems increase will keep you intrigued. Highly recommend for readers of all ages!”
— Barbara Rodean, A Likely Story, Sykesville, MD
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A chilling YA thriller from critically acclaimed author Michael Northrop.

The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive. . . .

Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn't seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision. . . .

About the Author

Michael Northrop is the "New York Times" bestselling author of TombQuest, an epic book and game adventure series featuring the magic of ancient Egypt. He is also the author of "Trapped," an Indie Next List Selection, and "Plunked," a New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Selection and an NPR Backseat Book Club Pick. An editor at "Sports Illustrated Kids" for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. Learn more at

Praise For Trapped

Praise for TRAPPED
CompellingMichael Northrop deftly describes teens who are tested by the endless snow.” USA TODAY

A gripping disaster storyNorthrop's solid storytelling should keep readers rapt.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

An edge-of-your-seat experienceJust as he did in GENTLEMEN, Northrop gets at the core of human nature through masterful pacing.” KIRKUS REVIEWS

Praise for GENTLEMEN
Northrop's first novel is creepy, yet it has what can pass for a happy or at least satisfying ending.” THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

A riveting thriller...This is a rare sort of book that may work just as well for reluctant readers as it will avid ones.” BOOKLIST