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The Resource The trap, John Smelcer

The trap, John Smelcer

Label
The trap
Title
The trap
Statement of responsibility
John Smelcer
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Johnny worries when his grandfather doesn't return home from checking his trap line. The elderly Indian has packed ample supplies on his snowmobile, but has stayed out far too long in the plummeting temperatures of the Alaskan winter. He has caught his leg in his own trap, several feet from his supplies, and is unable to free himself.
  • "An unforgettable story. Brilliant!" -- Ray Bradbury "Beautifully written, this is a suspenseful, sad tale about a grandson and grandfather ... A strong theme about white American culture impinging on the life of indigenous Alaskans." The Bookseller "Lyrical and poignant." Children's Bookseller "The Trap is a lovely story, beautifully told, the kind that makes you wade in and sink warmly into the cold, cold north of Alaska." -- Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump "Readers will be clinging to the pages of this graceful, haunting story... How rare to find lyrical writing combined with real suspense. A small masterpiece." Kirkus
Biographical or historical data
John Smelcer has a doctorate in contemporary literature, and has won the prestigious James Jones First Novel prize for The Trap, which has been published in the USA by Henry Holt. He has a unique perspective on the Native American point of view, as he is himself an Ahtna Athabaskan Indian. He is a highly respected poet, and has had more than twenty books published, although until now they have been non-fiction. Many have been on Native American myth.
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
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1963-
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Smelcer, John E.
Dewey number
  • JF
  • 813.6
  • 813.6
Index
no index present
Intended audience
From 12
Literary form
novels
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  • Indians of North America
  • Grandfathers
  • Trapping
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Survival skills
  • Teenage boys
  • 12+ years; Fiction; Ordinary Printed Book Format; Non-character; Non Tie-in
  • Fiction 11+
  • Adventure Fiction
Summary expansion
Johnny worries when his grandfather doesn't return home from checking his trap line. The elderly Indian has packed ample supplies on his snowmobile, but has stayed out far too long in the plummeting temperatures of the Alaskan winter. Only readers know that he has caught his leg in his own trap, several feet from his supplies, and is unable to free himself. Chapters alternate between his predicament, and Johnny's failed attempts to raise concern among his family. As the old man progressively uses every technique he knows to stay alive - from creating a rabbit snare from a shoelace to fending off wolves with a newly made cedar spear, this suspenseful page-turner shows that the old man's survival is a race against time
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The trap, John Smelcer
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Paperback. B-format paperback. B-format paperback
Control code
9781842707395
Dimensions
20x13x2 cm.
Extent
176 p.
Isbn
9781842707395
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
The trap, John Smelcer
Publication
Note
Paperback. B-format paperback. B-format paperback
Control code
9781842707395
Dimensions
20x13x2 cm.
Extent
176 p.
Isbn
9781842707395
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print

Library Locations

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