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Gr 8 Up-JD Dobbs must pull his life back together after a summer spent "visiting his aunt," a story no one in town believes. While he was away, his mother acquired a rescued Rottweiler they decide to call Johnny Rotten-an initially surly dog JD unexpectedly comes to love. The 16-year-old sets out to get back into his old crowd of friends, and maybe even win back his old girlfriend, but he's still keeping secrets about his summer. When Johnny Rotten bites one of his friends, JD's world comes crashing down. Mars's parents sue; JD's mother may lose their house, and Johnny Rotten faces a likely death sentence. Plenty of teenage-boy humor keeps the tone relatively light, despite JD's troubles. Readers will root for Johnny Rotten, who was abused by his last owner, and hope for the truth to come out about what really caused the dog to bite. JD alternates between bravado and foolishness, but he's a sympathetic character, able to laugh at himself. The bond between boy and dog develops slowly and is well described. Readers will identify with JD and also recognize their own friendships and dynamics as the four male friends interact. JD's relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Jane, is not well fleshed out, nor is romance the focus of the book, but his feelings for her are clear. The ending is satisfying without feeling forced or predictable. This is a compelling read, sure to appeal to boys with its humor, music references, and realistic characters.-Miranda Doyle, Lake Oswego School District, ORα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"A sure bet for any reader who loves an underdog, human or canine."--Publishers Weekly
 
"A laugh-out-loud book, with so many things to love about it."--Christian Science Monitor

"A fine portrayal of a boy, a dog and the ties of friends."--Kirkus Reviews

"Will appeal to readers of all ages."--VOYA Magazine

"Northrop knows just how to get into the male mind, blending subtle humor with convincing dialogue throughout. But above all, the author knows that nothing gets between a guy and his dog."--BookPage

"Keen ... sharply observed ... enjoyable."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


Praise for TRAPPED



"Compelling . . . Michael Northrop deftly describes teens who are tested by the endless snow." --USA TODAY

"A gripping disaster story . . . Northrop's solid storytelling should keep readers rapt." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"An edge-of-your-seat experience . . . Just as he did in GENTLEMEN, Northrop gets at the core of human nature through masterful pacing." --KIRKUS REVIEWS



Praise for GENTLEMEN



"Northrop's first novel is creepy, yet it has what can pass for a happy -- or at least satisfying -- ending." --THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"A riveting thriller . . . This is a rare sort of book that may work just as well for reluctant readers as it will avid ones." --BOOKLIST
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545495873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545495875
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michael Northrop's first young adult novel, Gentlemen, earned him a Publishers Weekly Flying Start citation, and his second, Trapped, was an Indie Next List pick and an ALA/YALSA Readers' Choice List selection. His middle-grade novel, Plunked, was named one of the best children's books of the year by the New York Public Library and was selected by NPR for its Backseat Book Club. He is originally from Salisbury, Connecticut, a small town in the foothills of the Berkshire mountains, where he mastered the arts of BB gun shooting, tree climbing, and field goal kicking with only moderate injuries. After graduating from NYU, he worked at The World Almanac and Sports Illustrated Kids, where he was a senior editor from 2000 to 2008. His articles and stories have been published widely.

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The characters felt real, and that's what made this book shine in my eyes.
Evie Seo
Girls who enjoy 'boy' books will likely enjoy it and dog lovers will certainly connect to it as well.
Candace Robinson
If you like a great novel with strong male protagonist, this is one for you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Emotionally affecting and thematically poignant, Rotten is a great, deliciously readable story. Despite the serious (often heartbreaking) subject matter, the overall tone of the book is light and easy to digest. Meaningful, but not heavy. This heartfelt and insightful tale teaches us about the importance of love, trust and friendship (whether it's between two people or a man and man's best friend), and that everyone deserves a second chance. A really heart-warming, deep and honest story, capable of being both funny and moving. Books like this one get my tail wagging!

"JR isn't even technically my dog. He's half my dog, and it wasn't that long ago that he felt like even less than that. But now that he's in trouble? Now that he gets taken away first thing in the morning and I don't even know if he's coming back? Now he feels like my dog. Because I know what that feels like. He's had it tough, and he didn't even mean it anyway, and no one really has a clue about him. So, yeah. Sounds like my dog to me." (quote from the book)

When JD comes home after spending his summer "upstate" supposedly visiting his aunt, he finds a surprise waiting for him. A black, furry surprise with a sweet tooth for biscuits. JR (Johnny Rotten, like the lead singer of the Sex Pistols) is a big and dangerous-looking Rottweiler who is afraid of his own shadow. He's a rescue dog with abuse-filled past. JD's mom adopted him while JD was away. Of course, not one of JD's friends knows where he really spent his summer, though they all seem to agree on one thing: it wasn't with his aunt. When JR gets in trouble for biting one of JD's friends, the secret that JD is so determined to protect is about to be unveiled. JD might lose a whole lot more than just his face, though. He might lose his new-found friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Candace Robinson VINE VOICE on April 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I loved that this book is narrated by a boy. And I think that it was a realistic portrayal of a teenage boy (which isn't always the case) as JD is a character that we see his flaws, but we also see the good in him. He may not be so great at communication, but he's not a bad kid. He's made some mistakes though and we know that from the beginning, but we don't know what he did. That's part of the urgency to keep reading, because we know something happened and we want to know more.

Dog books are always a little scary to read because almost always something sad happens. When I was reading I was SO tempted to skip to the end just to make sure that the dog lived. But I didn't and I'm glad I didn't because I enjoyed watching things unfold and seeing where they went. While I got extremely angry about how some people behaved I never actually cried. So that's all I'm going to say about that.

This doesn't have a ton going on. It's about JD who meets Johnny Rotten when he returns from a summer away and Johnny Rotten is a rescue. He's been badly abused and is terrified of men. But JD sees the good in Johnny and watches the healing happen as Johnny starts to discover that there are people he can trust and love. Watching the affection grow between JD and Johnny was fantastic and made me think of the pit bull we use to have. She wasn't a rescue or anything, but she had so many of the same traits as Johnny. As for JD we see him as a normal teen boy who just wants to hang with his friends and avoid trouble. He also has some girlfriend issues which we also see unravel. While this appears to be a book that could be for middle grade boys it is definitely YA.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elvina G. Campbell on March 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was initially drawn to this book because of its amazing cover (truly a cover can sell a book) but also having just read Michael's book Trapped, which I loved and you should read, had me hoping I could get my paws on this book as soon as possible. I knew it would not be an easy read; I have trouble with any stories that involve animals in trouble.
JD's relationship with his mother is interesting. She seemed happy to have him home and let him get back to his life without a lot of interference which lead me to believe what had happened to send him away from home wasn't too bad even though he seemed to not want to let his friends know what had really happened or where he had gone. His friends also seemed to be stuck where he had left them, hanging out and trying to score some beer, whereas he seems to have spend his summer doing some growing up. It makes the story more interesting that we see the story through JD's eyes and are left to wonder what is really happening with JD's mom and with his friends. I wonder what it is really like at Mars' home and what Aaron's story is.
This is one I will want to keep on my shelf and share and is one that anyone who has had a dog will love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. W. Smith on September 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my 11 year old daughter. It was on her summer reading list. She loved the book a lot.
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Rotten by Michael Northrop (YA)

Rotten (otherwise known as Johnny Rotten or JR) is a rescued Rottweiler. JD is a teen who can be said in need of rescuing himself after spending the summer in juvie. The dog and boy hit it off after a rocky start and JD realizes how attached he has become to the dog when JR bites one of JD's friends and that family decides to sue for medical pills and pain and suffering, effectively putting a death sentence on the dog. JR is desperate to save his dog...will he be able to?

This book was a good, quick read. JD is an interesting character; he is not just your typical troubled teen. JR is a dog who has personality. There is the engaging plot of trying to save JR along with humor and romance between JD and his ex-girlfriend Janie.

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