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Paperback,  6″ x 9″
250 pages
ISBN 978-1-63381-363-2

by Brook Merrow

 Senior year is off to a disastrous start for Ethan Olsen. His brother is gone, a friend is dead, and someone’s dumped rotten bait on the front doorstep. Not only that, but his family is the target of nonstop harassment that threatens their lobstering livelihood in a small town on the coast of Maine.

As Ethan attempts to make sense of these events, he teams up with Britney Campbell, self-proclaimed research geek and potential girlfriend, if only Ethan can make the next move. In the face of mounting incidents and rumors that his brother is a murderer, Ethan feels increasingly helpless. But all that changes when he comes to terms with a lingering childhood trauma.

Trapped, a coming-of-age mystery that touches on themes of identity and belonging, will keep you guessing to the end.

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I kept reading this beautifully written novel well into the wee hours. With moments that made me laugh, interspersed with moments that made me cry, I fell in love with Ethan and Britney and the entire town of Punch Harbor.

—Janet Fox, author of Carry Me Home

Place is an important character in this superbly written coming-of-age story, and Punch Harbor is that place. I grew to love its coves and quarries as much as I did Ethan, Britney, and Ben and the rest of the community.

—Robin MacCready author of Buried, winner, Edgar Award for Best YA

With humor and insight, Brook Merrow portrays the struggles of adolescence in an ever-escalating mystery. Family and friendship play important roles as Ethan Olsen investigates the secrets that surround him. Trapped is excellent reading for all ages.

—Claire Ackroyd, author of Murder in the Maple Woods


Brook Merrow grew up on the coast of Maine. She has taught writing at the middle school, high school, and college levels. Originally a journalist, her work has appeared in various regional publications. She loves irreverent humor, tasteless movies, exquisite irony, and exercise of any kind. Brook and her husband, Hy Adelman, split time between an airplane hangar in Driggs, Idaho, and a home in Maine.

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