The Trap by John E  Smelcer

The Trap

Written by John E Smelcer

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This is an unforgettable story that will trap you from the very first page. The whole story is a race against time and against the odds as the protagonist pits his wits against the elements, against dangerous animals that abound and against his own emotions. So suspenseful it has been compared to Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. Fans of Bear Grylls, the great survivalist will love it.


The Trap by John E Smelcer

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

About the Author

John E  Smelcer

John E. Smelcer was born in 1963, and is of Ahtna Athabaskan Indian descent. Currently the Executive Director of the Ahtna Tribe's Heritage Foundation, he has held visiting professorships at universities around the world. He earned a doctorate in comparative literature in 1993 and a masters degree in literature and humanities in 1991. He is faculty at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

His work appears in numerous international anthologies by the likes of Random House, Dover, and American Indian Press. In 1994 he edited Durable Breath: Contemporary Native American Poetry (Salmon Run & American Indian Press). His poems have appeared in such periodicals as The Atlantic Monthly, and he is poetry editor at Rosebud, among the nation's most prestigious quarterlies of poetry and fiction.

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176 pages
Interest Age: From 12 from 12


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

4th September 2008




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Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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