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The Trap
by Steven Arntson


Overview - It's the summer of 1963, and something strange is afoot in the quiet town of Farro, Iowa. The school district's most notorious bully has gone missing without a trace, and furthermore, seventh grader Henry Nilsson and his friends have just found an odd book stashed in the woods by Longbelly Gulch---a moldy instruction guide written to teach the art of "subtle travel," a kind of out-of-body experience.  Read more...

 
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Overview
It's the summer of 1963, and something strange is afoot in the quiet town of Farro, Iowa. The school district's most notorious bully has gone missing without a trace, and furthermore, seventh grader Henry Nilsson and his friends have just found an odd book stashed in the woods by Longbelly Gulch---a moldy instruction guide written to teach the art of "subtle travel," a kind of out-of-body experience. The foursome will soon discover that out-of-body life isn't so subtle after all---there are some very real, and very dangerous, things happening out there in the woods. The science fiction inventiveness of Madeleine L'Engle meets the social commentary of Gary Schmidt in this thrilling tale of missing persons, first crushes, embarrassing pajamas, and thought-provoking dilemmas.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780547824086
  • ISBN-10: 0547824084
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Company
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 256
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural
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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

In smalltown Iowa in 1963, seventh-grader Henry Nilsson’s biggest challenge is managing his crush on Nicki, his twin sister Helen’s best friend. That’s until Henry, Helen, Nicki, and Henry’s best friend Alan stumble across a book that teaches them how to separate their “subtle selves” from their bodies and wander free, à la astral projection. The four soon realize that the mysterious disappearance of Alan’s bullying older brother is connected to the strange parallel “subtle” world that they explore by night. Arntson (The Wrap-Up List) intelligently interweaves first crushes, longtime loves, the Fibonacci sequence, and themes of racial prejudice, xenophobia, and civil rights together in a story that also considers big questions of humanity and connection. Henry’s introspective, self-effacing narration brims with evocative details and descriptions (for his more daring and headstrong sister, “Writing things down... was like standing around after hearing the starting gun”), unspooling a haunting and suspenseful story that will resonate with science-fiction fans as well as anyone who has needed to find the courage to ask a date to the big dance. Ages 9–12. Agent: Jenni Ferrari-Adler, Union Literary. (Apr.)

 
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