The Trap by John Smelcer

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A gripping wilderness adventure and survival story  It was getting colder. Johnny pulled the fur-lined hood of his parka over his head and walked towards his own cabin with the sound of snow crunching beneath his boots.
"He should be back tomorrow," he thought, as a star raced across the sky just below the North Star.
"He should be back tomorrow for sure." 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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John Smelcer is the poetry editor of Rosebud magazine and the author of more than forty books. He is an Alaskan Native of the Ahtna tribe, and is now the last tribal member who reads and writes in Ahtna. Carl Sagan wrote, in a foreword to one of John's poetry collections, "no other ethnic writer shares such a heavy cultural burden." John holds degrees in archeology, linguistics, literature, and education, and formerly chaired the Alaska Native Studies program and the University of Alaska (Anchorage). His first novel, The Trap, was an American Library Association BBYA Top Ten Pick, a VOYA Top Shelf Selection, and a New York Public Library Notable Book. The Great Death was short-listed for the 2011 William Allen White Award. His third YA multicultural adventure novel, Edge of Nowhere, was also published in the UK, where The Independent named it one of the "Best Teen Books of 2010." His Alaska Native mythology books include The Raven and the Totem (introduced by Joseph Campbell). His short stories, poems, essays, and interviews have appeared in hundreds of magazines. John divides his time between a cabin in Talkeetna, the climbing capitol of Alaska, and Vestal, N.Y. Awards John Smelcer is the winner of the 2004 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award and of the 2004 Western Writers of America Award for Poetry for his collection Without Reservation, which was nominated for a Pulitzer. The Great Death Nominated for The National Book Award, the BookTrust Prize (England), and the American Library Association's Award for American Indian YA Literature Listed along with The Incredible Journey as one of the greatest adventure stories in The Book Lover's Guide to Children's and Young Adult Literature (foreword by Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked) Short-listed for the 2011 William Allen White Book Award for Children's Literature.
Published May 27, 2014 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 180 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Readers will be clinging to the pages of this graceful, haunting story about a 17-year-old Alaskan Indian searching for his lost grandfather, and about the grandfather trying to survive in the freezing wilderness.

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