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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-oldA 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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The Trap Reviews

  • Angela Cameron
    2019-03-05 21:48

    I was looking for a quick read in between other books. Normally I would not have picked up this book. But I'm glad that I did. Grab yourself a blanket because just the words can make you feel cold! It was a really good book with very interesting facts about a life I would never normally question.

  • Thomas
    2019-03-18 23:41

    "The Trap" is about seventeen year old Johnny Least-Weasel and his pursuit to save his grandfather from "the trap" itself. It switches narrative from Johnny to Albert (his grandfther) and tells a story of fast-paced action and the survival skills neccesary to survive in below freezing temperatures.I would NOT reccomend this book to younger children, although the length of the book might make it seem that it is meant for that age group. Some parts of the book were pretty gruesome, escpecially towards the end. I have to give "The Trap" credit though, usually I find it difficult to enjoy books relating to Native American culture, but it was easy and almost addictive to finish this book as fast as I could. The author clearly knows the subject, Indians, very well because he describes the culture and ideas flawlessly. Out of the two perspectives that were given to the reader I enjoyed Albert's slightly more than Johnnys. Albert's point of view was always lively, full of action, kept me flipping the pages, while Johnny's, escpecially at the beggining, lost my attention a few times. However, I do give this book a well deserved 4/5 stars.

  • Nolan
    2019-03-15 23:01

    This book takes place in two perspectives, one is the 17-year-old Johnny Least-Weasel; the other, his grandfather, Albert. Johnny knows that his grandfather, Albert, is stubborn and will go check his traps until he dies. One day Albert is checking his traps, nothing out of the ordinary is happening. Then... Snap he look down and saw that his foot is caught in a bear trap. At first he's laughing, then he realizes that he can't get out of it, and he is just barely out of reach of all his stuff he needs to survive. At least, he is wearing enough clothes that the trap isn't hurting him. He makes a bed out of branches and will try to stay alive for his grandson and wife. Johnny, on the other hand, is helping out his grandmother doing chores around the house. He knows that his grandfather will be back any day. The next day Johnny saw that it was -40º he decides to go looking for his grandfather. Will he make it to him before the wolves do?

  • Denis Barrios
    2019-03-07 23:43

    Have you ever read a book that got you so interesting and made you want to keep reading especially if you like the outdoors?This book might be one. "The Trap" shows you different kinds of snow and different survival skills for the wilderness. This book was really good. The point of view is first person, but switches characters for example Johnny tells a part of the story then his Grandfather continues telling what happened. I would say the conflict is person vs. nature because of Johnny's grandfather having to fight the cold winter while its -40 degrees out and decreasing. The setting takes place in the woods in Alaska. In "The Trap" a young boy and his grandfather always go out to check the traps they have, and usually have no problem with them. Even though men stopped checking the traps a long time ago he is still stubborn to go and check. As soon as grandfather goes to check, his foot gets trapped. He laughed about it thinking it wasn't at all serious but then he noticed he wasn't able to get out of it. However, he knew he had to find help out there because of the freezing weather. On the other hand, his grandson is out worried for him because he knows there's wolves out there, so he goes out to try to find him, but would it be too late? This book is mostly for people who like the outdoors and the cold but also the ones who have no idea about the different kinds of snow and how you can possibly die in the coldness. The title and setting would relate to the story because "The Trap" is basically a hint of what happened in the story. And the setting is where Johnny's grandpa got trapped. I would rate this I would rate this a 4 out of 5 because I think it would've been better to add more to the story and some parts do get kind of boring. Out of the two point of views I would prefer Albert's (the grandfathers) side better because he shows much more detail and action while on the other hand Johnny doesn't really catch your attention.Although the author does point out humanity of his characters while he reveals the strengths of their ancestors, because basically the book is relating to the past. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy out doors. Although some parts do get horrid.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-24 21:01

    A very powerful book that makes you think about life. The imagery was so powerful I had to mark sections to re-read. I went to the authors website and found out more about him. I'll bet my brother-in-law knows him or of him. Our paths may have crossed since he went to UAF. He has done so much with his life and has really lived his life. He has also helped many people preserve their culture. I also found that he writes from personal experience of his own or of his relativesIn brief: A grandfather is caught in one of his own traps on his trap line. He is wise and their is no way out without outside help. He must try to survive as the temperatures plummet.His grandson, whom he is close to, takes many days to go looking for him. In part from relatives from his village saying he's ok, his own doubt about his being late while it it growing colder, and elders saying go look for him.Many other tales are woven into this fine story that help you to understand the village way of life and modern culture encroaching upon traditional life. It tells of love, respect, and a close community that is getting close to extinction. In one of the stories of moose hunting the author put into words how I feel about rivers. "From year to year, the great river was never the same.. It's as if such rivers age, grow new lines and wrinkles, sloughs that dead-end, ......into the water to be piled up in dangerouos log jams downriver."(pg.85)The northern lights: "the northern lights were shimmering and dancing, pulsing across the sky in long shifting ribbbons. The shimmmering waves of green and red light were beautiful. Words were useless. The borealis must be experienced firsthand to be understood by the heart." (pg. 94)Death: "The irritated squirrel had already met its end. So, too, had the moose he had killed up the trail. The end came to everything that lived. .....And it would come to Albert Least-Weasel too." (pg. 156)A beautifully written and inspiring book.

  • Gavin
    2019-02-20 21:59

    I really liked the book "The Trap". I could relate to this book book very well because his dog died and I lost two recently. The book is a good and quick read. When i would start to read it i did not want to put it down.In the book a boy named Albert Least Weasel who lives in an Indian village is struggling with a choice he has to make. The choice is that he can either go find and help his grandfather who has been in the the harsh Alaskan winter or he can just for him to return. Albert who is only 16 years old has to make this hard decision fast before time runs out. He makes the decision to go out and find his grandfather. Albert gears up his snowmobile and takes off in search of his grandfather. He comes to a fork in the trail he is on and takes the left thinking it is the right trail but it is not. In the meantime of all of this happening the book is telling you about what his grandfather is feeling and going through. His grandfather was setting bear traps when he accidentally stepped back into one. He is then stuck in the woods with a trap around his ankle and cannot move. He has no way of getting out and cannot get any food or water on his sled. At the end of the book the grandfather is getting attacked by wolves when his grandson comes to save him she shoots his gun to scare them away. He saves his grandfather but he is to cold and beaten up to survive so he dies.Albert Least Weasel is a strong indian boy who is 16 years old and works at the local store for his job. He is making this really hard decision so he asks his grandma for some help.The grandfather is one of the strongest person that the boy knows and is also one of the best trappers he has ever seen.I would recommend this book to middle to his school boys because it is more like about the wilderness and may get kind of hard to read at times for girls. 5 out of 5 star rating.

  • Sherry
    2019-03-17 22:43

    A quick 3 hour read. I hate unhappy endings.....I know, I am a sucker....but I want to know that everything ends happily ever after. Still, you need to read this. I am sure Smelcer did not do his research....we do not call snowmobiles snowmobiles...every time he referenced this I cringed (which is a lot)...sorry...I can't give it more than a 2.5 at most. Nevermind that I hate unhappy endings. Dang it! I did picture my friends in the village of Hughes...a river that is a lifeline, remote from everything, united as a group, the elders I met and loved immediately. I guess I am supposed to take away that this is the way of the land...the way it is supposed to be,. Whether I like it or not.Johnny works so hard to get his grandfather back. But grandfather doesn't really want to exist. I hate books with a depressing ending....but forces the reader to read the next book...CHEAP TRICK!

  • Alicia
    2019-02-26 23:57

    Spare, lyrical writing (a discussion group described it as "man pretty"). An old Indian man is trapped in his own bear trap in winter in a harsh northern land, and his 19-year-old grandson eventually searches for him. I liked it, and some teens might enjoy it, but I don't think it's truly a teen novel (whatever that is). Chalk another one up to publishers trying to cash in on the only growing segment of the industry.

  • Sara
    2019-03-04 22:55

    Short, wonderfully haunting and descriptive book that really conveys the stark and barren subject matter of the Alaskan north well. While the book itself is short, it's not light reading in the least (IMO), but is a fantastically written book that will really stick with you. I'm glad I picked this up.

  • Jean
    2019-03-03 22:41

    Don't read this book if you are cold already. This is definitely NOT light reading. Think The Old Man and the Sea.

  • cole
    2019-02-23 17:59

    This book was a good book because you didn't know what was going to happen.And it didn't leave you hanging .

  • Brad Featherston
    2019-03-22 01:02

    The TrapBrad Featherston12/03/17English 12-1Author’s Background- The author of The Trap is John Smelcer. Smelcer was the son of an Alaskan Native from the Ahtna tribe. All his life his father taught him the ways of the indians. His father especially taught him how to hunt and fish and how to live off the land.Literary Time Period- The Trap in written in current times. Setting- The Trap takes place in the harsh Alaskan wilderness. Characters- Albert Least-Weasel is an elderly man and very stubborn. He still checks his traps even though many of the men his age stopped running trap lines years ago. Johnny Least-Weasel is a 17 year old indian boy. He worries about his grandfather running his trap lines. One night when he doesn't return home, Johnny has a big decision to make.Theme- The theme of The Trap is Man vs. Nature. In the book Albert is battling the weather and animals to try to survive.Plot Summary- Johnny Least-Weasel worries about his grandfather Albert Least-Weasel checking his trap lines because most men his age don’t any more. One day Albert runs his trap lines but never comes home that night. When Albert was checking his traps, he accidentally shut in a bear trap that closed on his leg. He tried to pry it open, but he couldn’t muster enough strength to get his leg out. The weather started to get worse and worse, and the temperature kept dropping. He tried to chisel the stake out of the tree that was holding the trap in place, but he broke his pocket knife trying. The tree was too hard and cold. Later, he built a fire and some wolves came. He gathered all the wood that he could reach. While Albert is missing, Johnny is debating if he should go look for him or trust that he can take care of himself. Johnny decided to go look for him a few days later and found him dead.Literary Devices- This book shows symbolism by using the trap as a symbol. Things that get caught in the trap will surely die. Those that eat what is caught in the trap will live. Memorable Quotes- “There was a soft click as the teeth of steel closed on his leg.” The significance of this quote is how he traps all of his animals, and they don’t get away from him. So it was a parallel for him not getting away. “The ever-hungry wolves came back down from the hills again.” This quote is significant because this time, he is actually the prey.

  • Josh
    2019-03-10 18:07

    I am currently about three quarters way through the book The Trap. Let me start off by saying this has not been my favorite read. But having read a good chunk of the book I can lead you to whether you may like it or not. This book is great for anyone who is interested in the outdoors but not for anyone who has a passion for the outdoors.This is not a good book if you are an outdoorsman looking for a more realistic conflict. This book revolves around an older man named albert that is out on his trapline checking traps and he just so happens to step in one of his own traps, it doesn’t hurt him but it holds him there and he can't get out. If you know anything about the trap that he stepped in you would know that he would be able to get out of it very easily. This is the main reason as to why i have not enjoyed reading this book. I have had a hard time getting around this unrealistic conflict. This book would be enjoyed by someone who likes there to be one main topic but not by anyone that enjoys a lot of action or a more realistic conflict. As an outdoorsman, I love to be outside it drives me crazy to be stuck inside all day. If I’m going to have to read something I need it to keep my attention with more action and conflict or a more realistic story line that makes me feel like i am actually outside myself. I don’t enjoy reading about things that can not happen. This is another reason why I did not like this book. It did not keep my attention do to its lack of action/realistic conflict.

  • Brandy
    2019-03-21 02:07

    Johnny is worried about his grandfather, who should have back from checking his trap lines. One of the traps has snared something big: Johnny's grandfather. The story alternates between the two--the grandfather struggling to stay warm and fight off predators in the dark Alaskan cold; his grandson worried about him but listening to elders telling him that his grandfather will be back very soon. The story was engrossing and I kept turning pages to find out what would happen, but I never got the palpable sense of cold I wanted from this. Facts about Indian life this far north are dropped in smoothly enough--they're well-integrated in the narrative--but they still stand out as the author showing that he did his homework and knows the area. I'd definitely pass this along to boys looking for more outdoor survival stories, though.

  • Christina Hagmann
    2019-03-07 01:02

    What a beautifully written and compelling read. Set in an Athabaskan community located in the harsh Alaskan wilderness, The Trap alternates chapters between Johnny Least-Weasel and his grandfather, Albert. When Albert doesn’t return from checking his traplines, Johnny must decide if he should go searching for his stubborn grandfather. I normally wouldn’t have picked up a book like this, but Ray Bradbury’s praise on the front cover caught my eye. I love, not only the parallel stories of Johnny and his grandfather, but also a glimpse of the traditions and culture of the Athabaskan people. It was the perfect read for a cold Christmas morning.

  • Jacqueline Ridge
    2019-03-08 22:45

    A quick, COLD read that will make you shiver and reach back for more. It doesn't read like most YA books, but I certainly wouldn't call it adult. It's an adult matter wrapped up in YA language. Either way, I, as an adult, adored the story and could get over the less than eloquent writing at times for the overall stellar plot and characters. It's definitely worth a read.

  • Marina Wolfe
    2019-03-14 23:54

    I gave it three stars because it wasn't about what I thought it was about. I liked it because it was kind of about hunting. It was not about my kind of hunting. I like hunting and fishing. I would tell you to read it if you like hunting and survial books

  • Misti
    2019-03-09 22:07

    Good read. Little dialogue but didn't need anymore than it has. Should read even if it isn't your kind of book.

  • Joseph Jeffery
    2019-03-16 01:45

    Great for lower readers looking for a high interest, high impact book. The characters are richly drawn and powerful.

  • Charlotte Jones
    2019-03-22 23:43

    This novel is about an old man who is on his way home from a hunting trip and accidentally gets his leg caught in one of this own traps. It accounts his struggle to survive and his grandson's journey to rescue his grandfather. This story is set in an Alaskan winter, adding to the threat of the grandfather's life and also the worry of Johnny back at the village.As far as a survival story goes, this novel wasn't very captivating. Although the level of danger to the grandfather, Arthur, was quite high, I wasn't able to empathise with the character because I think that the style of writing, and some of the things that were mentioned distracted from the main plot.Overall, in my opinion, the premise of the plot initially seemed very interesting, and reading the synopsis on the back of the book, I was intrigued. However, reading this book all the way through was difficult for me despite how short it is due to the plot going on a lot of tangents, telling the readers stories of the Indians surviving cold winters and older traditional tales that the author put in the narration in very unusual places, breaking up the flow of the main plot.We, as readers, didn't really get to know any of the characters very well and I feel that they could have been developed a lot more. Johnny is a 17 year old boy and apart from his love of reading and school, you don't really get to know a lot about him as a person. Likewise, the grandparents were not described very much either, although the grandfather, Arthur, was shown the most through his struggle and his attitude, which made him, overall, a strong character.The writing was something that I absolutely loved in this novel, and was the main reason I kept on reading. Smelcer's beautiful fluid descriptions of the Alaskan landscape and the pain that Arthur is going through adds to the cold atmosphere of the novel and really helps you visualise the environment in which these characters live.Overall, I would give this book a 3 out of 5 stars because the wonderful writing made up for a lot of the negative opinions I have towards the plot and underdeveloped characters.

  • Charmie
    2019-02-28 23:11

    I rated this 5/5 because after I read the book, my heart fell into pieces and I held the book like it was some kind of stuff toy on my chest, as I cry myself to ease the pain away. I thought it was another one of them unrecognized books that would bore me as because I got this at a thrift bookstore and I just bought it because of the nice plot it got on the paper cover, but to my surprise.. I love it. Some elements of my book tastes were there. Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Beast, Man to Son relationship, Old to Young relationship, Man to Beast relationship.. Everything.. Myths, Folklores.. Bits of it were being discussed and it all appealed to me in a long term. The chapters were exchanged stories from the POVs of the two main characters; Albert Least-Weasel and Johnny Least-Weasel. Albert is the grandfather of Johnny, old and yet so brave. Johnny on the other hand, young and brave as his grandfather. Albert's fight for survival was heartbreaking. I have never seen both of my grandfathers in my entire life as because they both died just before I was born. I have never been able to feel the love of a grandfather, so it was really hard for me to imagine an old grandfather in this book. I was imagining Liam Neeson of "Taken" and "The Grey" instead. Lol. It helped a lot because The Grey's setting was on ice, and this book's setting was on ice too, so it was really fortunate for me to remember him among all the other men in Hollywood.It's really hard to explain when you don't want to spoil the book to others, so I'm ending this with a compound noun to further clarify what I felt towards it: tearjerker.5/5

  • Monique
    2019-02-20 19:49

    The TrapThe Trap relates the story of an elderly native man named Albert Least-Weasel and his grandson, Johnny Least-Weasel. Albert is out in the Alaskan wilderness checking his traplines. When he doesn’t return on time and the temperature drops, Johnny and Albert’s wife begin to worry about the old man. Johnny believes he should go out and look for his grandfather, but others in the community advise him against this action, suggesting that his Grandfather is fine because he knows what he is doing. Johnny has mixed feelings between the advice of his elders in the community and his own instinct. The choice he makes will have a direct impact on the survival of his Grandfather. However, The Trap is more than just a story about survival, it is also about the internal stories we tell ourselves as we face difficult situations and navigate challenges. The main characters reflect on their own story, memory and myth as they struggle through their individual conflicts. The author’s skillful use of learning tales and folklore deepens the experience of Albert and Johnny Least-Weasel while teaching the reader about being a part of the land and a culture that is defined by the world they live in. Alternating views between Johnny and his Grandfather allows the reader to experience the hardship of the Grandfather and feel the anxiety of Johnny.The Trap is a good read; I would recommend it to readers who enjoy survival and folklore.

  • Richard Van Camp
    2019-02-23 00:41

    When I heard that John Smelcer was the last speaking member of his nation, the Ahtna First Nation, I just had to read this book. The story follows seventeen-year-old Johnny Least-Weasel as he worries about his grandfather, Albert, who does not return from his trap line when a storm rolls through Alaska. This novel is epic in theme and an unforgettable read. Completely heartbreaking. I wrote to Mr. Smelcer, to see if it was true that he was the last speaking member of his Nation and to praise him for his work and this was what he wrote back: “Yes, I'm the last person alive who can speak, read, and write in the Ahtna language, an Alaska Native from the Interior of Alaska. I wrote the dictionary. I also speak Alutiiq, the Native language of the Prince William Sound region (where the Exxon Valdez crashed and spilled 8 million gallons of oil). I wrote a dictionary of that language too. Thanks for the kind words about The Trap.” (Grades 7 and up) Also, please check out his brilliant book, The Great Death (HenryHolt). This is about two young girls escaping the sweeping epidemics that took many lives across northern Canada. This is a great parallel to the book, Two Old Women, by Velma Wallis (Perreniel), whereby two elderly women who are banished by their tribe during a time of famine end up creating their own sanctuary because of their wisdom and knowledge and memory of the land. This would be a great exercise: to compare and contrast these two books—as well as Deadly Loyalties and Little Voice!—to celebrate the power of women and young women finding their own way in the world.

  • Suzanne
    2019-02-22 02:06

    I randomly pulled this off the YA shelf in the library to entertain myself while my son was playing in the children's area, and I ended up taking it home with me to finish. (Sidenote: It was fun to choose a book this way -- I don't often do it any more. I'd never heard of it, but liked the title, the cover, the premise, and there was a nice blurb from Bradbury on the front.)Initially, it felt like something we might have been assigned to read in about sixth grade. Simple language, beautiful descriptive passages, rural setting, clear man vs. nature conflicts... and then the stakes got high very quickly. It might have been too intense for me in sixth grade, I think. (Not sure about kids these days though, reading The Hunger Games in fourth grade, etc.)It does have a literary air about it, too. Another review compared it to The Old Man and the Sea, but I'd put it a bit closer to The Pearl. Given some of the themes, I can imagine a jr high English class writing papers on the two.

  • Laura
    2019-03-19 01:50

    I think this is more of a class novel or literature circle book than an independent reading book for kids. It's good, but I think it might go over the head of a lot of middle school readers without some structure for figuring it out.It's the story of John Least-Weasel and his grandfather. Johnny's grandfather is caught in a trap while working on his trapline in Alaska. They're Indians, so Grandfather is very capable of survival in the wilderness, but when he's trapped in his own trap even a few feet away can seem like miles. Luckily Grandfather has matches in his pocket, and a pocket knife, so he's able to survive for awhile. But, the temperature is dropping and as Johnny watches the mercury fall while he's at home and his grandfather is out on the trapline he begins to fear that there's no way his grandfather can survive. It's a story about traditions both old and new. It's a story about family. It's a story about loyalty and loss. It's got a nice fluent way about it with a lot of description, so I bet I would like the audio version even more.

  • Mary
    2019-02-28 02:02

    More like 3.5 or 3.8 stars.Told from alternating points of view - Albert Least-Weasel, an elderly Native American who has been caught by one of his own traps out in the polar wilderness and Johnny Least-Weasel, Albert's grandson who is worried when his grandfather doesn't return as expected. The juxtapostion of past and present is very evident in this story - as he waits for rescue, Albert remembers his life living the traditional ways, and as Johnny decides whether or not a rescue party is necessary, he remembers episodes of his life and how it differs from the stories his grandfather has passed on to him. Additionally, the contrast between the old traditional ways and the modern life of the Indians is revealed as Johnny cares for his grandmother and then goes home to his uncle and friends who spend their nights drinking and partying.There is a lot to this little book (170 p.), and it is worth reading more than once to catch what you missed the first time as you are speeding through the pages to discover if Johnny finds his grandfather before it is too late.

  • Sam Mickelson
    2019-03-07 00:46

    I was not sure what to expect when I picked this book. I have always had an interest in Native Americans and Alaska. This book was great giving details about both. Albert Least-Weasel, the grandpa goes out to check his animal traps in the cold(-30 degrees) Alaskan wilderness when he ends up getting stuck in his own trap. He then goes into survival mode to live day and night in the harsh environment with very little supplies.The other point of view of the story is Johnny, the grandson. He is 17 and very concerned about his grandfather not returning as planned. He is very close to his grandma and grandpa. He asks his uncle if they should go look for him and he says, no. Johnny has a bad feeling and decides to go search for him. This book gives a lot of details of what it is like to be Native American and the beliefs they still do. Also, you get a good look in what it takes to survive in such a cold, wild place like Alaska. I would definitely recommend this book, it is a great quick read. When you finish you have learned a lot and also enjoyed a great story.

  • Joe
    2019-03-22 18:43

    This book will appeal to many teens. The main reason may be in the way it is written from the views of two different characters. One whom is worried about his grandfather, and one who is trapped. The writing style was fun to read. To go with this, there is the element of survival. Many teens enjoy being taken out to the wilderness when they read, far away from their normal city or suburb life. Hopefully teens will also remember how education is shown to be important. Finally, learning about Native American life in another part of the world is an interesting aspect of the book, especially for people who have an appreciation of Native American history.Developmental Assets: Caring, Achievement MotivationThe characters are very believable. From both points of view, it is easy to think that the characters would react just as they did to such a situation.I would promote this book by talking about the setting, what it would take to survive there, and by talking about whether or not they would want to live there.VOYA: 4Q, 3P, M, J, S

  • Rhonda Morris
    2019-03-03 22:54

    This story takes place in northern Alaska, where in the winter the temperature can drop to 65 degrees below zero. The author tells the story of Johnny Least-Weasel and his grandfather and the dangers of living in such a frozen world. This is a place where food is flown in on a bush plane or you hunt for it. Johnny's grandfather likes to hunt, but when his grandfather does not come home when expected, he begin to worry that something is wrong. Johnny does not know whether to trust his grandfather or his gut instinct that something is not right.This story is told in alternating chapters of what the grandfather is experiencing and what Johnny is remembering. It reminded me of Hatchet while I was reading it but at a much deeper level. I would recommend this to all the boys. It would be a great book to teach about the culture of the Indians of Alaska, what it takes to live in such a remote area, and how to survive when faced with adversity.

  • Toby Inman
    2019-03-10 21:03

    Johnny Least-Weasel worries about his grandfather Albert Least-Weasel checking his trap lines because most men his age don’t any more. One day Albert runs his trap lines but never comes home that night. When Albert was checking his traps, he accidentally shut in a bear trap that closed on his leg. He tried to pry it open, but he couldn’t muster enough strength to get his leg out. The weather started to get worse and worse, and the temperature kept dropping. He tried to chisel the stake out of the tree that was holding the trap in place, but he broke his pocket knife trying. The tree was too hard and cold. Later, he built a fire and some wolves came. He gathered all the wood that he could reach. While Albert is missing, Johnny is debating if he should go look for him or trust that he can take care of himself. Johnny decided to go look for him a few days later and found him dead. I liked that this book had quite a bit of action in it.