Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What is Michael Northrop reading?

Today's featured contributor at Writers Read: Michael Northrop, author of Trapped (2011), an Indie Next List selection and a Barnes & Noble “Must-Read for Teens.”

The entry begins:
I recently started the novel Little Bee by Chris Cleave. It’s too early to say anything more definitive than that it’s very British and the prose is beautiful, but I got it at one of my favorite indie bookstores: WORD in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. They sold me several of my favorite books of last year (including my absolute favorite, Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes), and I trust their recommendations completely.

Before that, I read...[read on]
Among the early praise for Trapped:
“Some snow days dump so much snow that only Stephen King could enjoy them. Trapped is narrated by a 15-year-old basketball player who’s trapped with six classmates — four other boys and two girls — in their rural New England high school while it snows for an entire week. The snow knocks out power, heat and, perhaps worst of all, cellphones. The compelling plot of this young-adult novel is more The Breakfast Club than Lord of the Flies. Author Michael Northrop deftly describes teens who are tested by the endless snow: ‘It wasn’t a storm; it was whatever comes after that.’”
USA Today

“The pages turn like wildfire.”

“A gripping disaster story.”
Publishers Weekly

“A rousing, suspenseful tale… It all felt real.”
PW: ShelfTalker

“Truly impossible to put down.”
RT Book Reviews Magazine
Northrop is also the author of Gentlemen (2009), one of the American Library Association’s “Best Books for Young Adults.”

Learn more about the books and author at Michael Northrop's website.

Writers Read: Michael Northrop.

--Marshal Zeringue