The Trap


Title: The Trap

Author: John Smelcer

Summary: Albert Least-Weasel has been running his trap line for decades. But even a seasoned Native Alaskan knows that if you lose focus for a moment disaster can strike. In a single instance of carelessness he gets his leg caught in his own trap. He is uninjured, but he cannot reach his supplies and the Alaskan winter is rapidly approaching.

Back in the village, Johnny Least-Weasel is beginning to worry that his grandfather has not returned, even if no one else is concerned. He doesn’t want to embarrass the old man or set him up for ridicule by going out and looking for him. As precious time ticks by, Albert struggles to survive and Johnny struggles to make the right decision.

Told in the alternating voices of Albert and Johnny, this beautifully written novel, like all great adventure stories, ratchets up the tension page by page. You will find yourself unable to put this short book down until you reach the harrowing climax. The Trap is a terrific book for readers of all ages to share with their families.

Who will like this book?: Fans of adventure stories like the Hatchet books by Gary Paulsen. People with an interest in Native Alaskans.

If you like this, try this: For other incredible stories of survival, try Life as We Knew It and The Dead and The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. For older teens interested in the Alaskan way of life, read Looking for Alaska by Peter Jenkins.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian