The Trap

John Smelcer

Square Fish

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Seventeen-year-old Johnny Least-Weasel knows that his grandfather Albert is a stubborn old man and won’t stop checking his own traplines even though other men his age stopped doing so years ago. But Albert Least-Weasel has been running traplines in the Alaskan wilderness alone for the past sixty years. Nothing has ever gone wrong on the trail he knows so well. When Albert doesn’t come back from checking his traps, with the temperature steadily plummeting, Johnny must decide quickly whether to trust his grandfather or his own instincts. Written in alternating chapters that relate the parallel stories of Johnny and his grandfather, this novel poignantly addresses the hardships of life in the far north, suggesting that the most dangerous traps need not be made of steel.

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“An unforgettable story. Brilliant!”—Ray Bradbury

“In THE TRAP, John Smelcer takes his readers into a frozen world, and keeps us there with a gripping example of talented storytelling. Unforgettable.”—Tony Hillerman

“THE TRAP is a lovely story, beautifully told, the kind that makes you wade in and sink warmly into the cold, cold north of Alaska.”—Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump
 
"First novelist John Smelcer takes readers to the Alaskan Arctic Circle for an unforgettable survival tale."—The Horn Book

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John Smelcer

John Smelcer's work has appeared in more than 300 magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, and he has written over 20 books. His new novel, tentatively titled The Great Death, will be published by Henry Holt in 2008.

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The Trap
John Smelcer

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CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), NYPL Books for the Teen Age

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
December 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312377557
ISBN10: 031237755X
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 176 pages
Age Range: 11 to 14
Grade Range: 7 to 9 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 1100L
F&P Level A-Z: U
AR Quiz Number: 109094
AR Points: 5

$8.99

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
5/27/2014
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466872165
ISBN10: 1466872160
Young Adult Fiction176 pages
Age Range: 11 to 14
Grade Range: 6 to 9
$6.41
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