Paper Trail

Barbara Snow Gilbert

A story about confronting identity, trust, betrayal, and survival.

Someone was calling his name.

The boy stopped wriggling.

His mother. No. She was supposed to be running in the other direction, decoying the Soldiers of God away from him. The boy’s father was the one who was supposed to circle back, and he wouldn’t do so unless the woods were clear.

The boy edged up to the knothole. He blinked against the light. And the distinctive crack of a Sako TRG-21 sniper rifle shattered the glassy stillness of the April morning

  • Ages: 11 - 14
  • Grades: 6 - 9
  • Pages: 168

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Recent Reviews

Readers will be hooked by the intensity of this nightmarish psychodrama.

—Kirkus Reviews

Written with a vividness that has the potential to keep young adventure fans on the edge of their seats.

—School Library Journal

This complex montage of images and dialogue may well prompt discussions about truth and deception.

—Publishers Weekly

This is unquestionably a book that will create thought-provoking discussion.


This is a real page-turner.

—Voice of Youth Advocates

Honors for Paper Trail

  • Oklahoma Book Award Finalist
  • VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers
  • Books for the Teen Age—NYPL
  • CCBC Choices