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Summary: Two siblings, Ryan and Regan, have recently moved far from home to Eagleville, Pennsylvania, and are finding their new life increasingly boring. When they begin eavesdropping on their parents, they discover that the move was not all that it seemed. Their parents are involved in some sort of secret operation which sounds dangerous. Many bizarre and scary events ensue as the children attempt to learn the truth about the operation and their parents' involvement. In the end, all works out well, but how? This is a fantasy adventure book for pre-teens.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader
Recommended Age: read together: 10 to 13; read yourself: 12 and up
Interest Level: 10 and up
Age of Child: Reviewed by a student at the Renaissance School (Charlottesville, VA) as part of a senior community service project. The review is part our Use Your ABCs initiative.
Young Reader Reaction: This is an interesting book for the age group; it is very adventurous, but a little distressing. I think I would have liked it a lot at that age, though it may have frightened me a little. The material deals with trust in a large way. The title and cover illustration will be more likely to attract children interested in science fiction. At that age, I would have wanted to read it (judging it by its cover). The cover advertises the story well, and I was drawn in. Even as an advanced reader, I didn't want to abandon it even though some things seemed corny.
Adult Reader Reaction: This book is a science fiction thriller. The author engages the reader in the first paragraph and he sustains the a level of excitement for 139 pages. This is the author’s first venture at writing a science fiction novel for “tweeners,” and he has done a masterful job of story telling.
Pros: This is a story that will encourage curiosity in young children, and it is bound to entertain them. Readers will be on the edge of their seat from beginning to end.
Cons: As an older kid, I found the dialogue a little tiring.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Children who enjoy science fiction, adventures or mysteries would like this book. Read alikes for this book would be classics like Moby Dick or Treasure Island for adventure; and Nancy
Drew and Hardy Boys books for mystery. (I’m not sure if these are still ‘hip’-I loved them).
Educational Themes: This is a book meant largely for recreational enjoyment. It may create a spark for young children to question their ‘system’ and daily life (in a positive way). If reading is something we want to encourage our children to do, they need to have interesting and exciting resources. In Trapped, the author has added a gem to the reading treasure chest.
Notes: The publisher/author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.
Literary Categories: Fiction - science fiction, adventure, mystery, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: March 2009, August 2009
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