Reviewed by Melanie K.

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

Intrigued by the description above, I started Trapped excited to find out what was to come. I had high hopes of an adventurous tale complete with all sorts of twists and turns. Unfortunately, I got nothing of the sort.

Trapped by Michael Northrop is about seven students and one teacher who find themselves trapped inside the school as the most freakish of blizzards rages outside – completely cutting them off from the rest of the world.

Utterly disappointed is the only way to describe my feelings after reading the story. I found no enjoyment in the book at all. It was boring and drab – something that could have been found in a newspaper blurb. The most exciting piece of the whole tale was the blizzard. Imagine a blizzard that produces enough snow to reach the roof of the school! Growing up in Ohio and experiencing “real” snowfalls that never came close to this, I was thoroughly wrapped up in the idea and the possibilities of what was to come.

Sadly, all that Trapped by Michael Northrop had to offer was the electricity going off and shutting off the heat, the batteries dying in the backup lights, food foraging in the cold, dark cafeteria (which had no spoons??) and a bathroom roof collapse from the weight of the snow – and even these events could have been much better written. I would definitely not recommend this book to anyone except those who might be inspired enough by the idea to write their own, and better, story.

Rating: 1/5

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Scholastic Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.