Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Bank Street College of Education
A 2014–15 Keystone to Reading Award finalist
Named to the 2015 TAYSHAS (Texas) high school reading list
A Junior Library Guild selection
Named one of 3 Thoughtful Summer Reads for Teens by the Christian Science Monitor
“A sure bet for any reader who loves an underdog, human or canine.”—Publishers Weekly
“A fine portrayal of a boy, a dog and the ties of friends.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This book will appeal to readers of all ages.”—VOYA Magazine
“A laugh-out-loud book, with so many things to love about it.”—Christian Science Monitor
“Northrop knows just how to get into the male mind, blending subtle humor with convincing dialogue. But above all, the author knows that nothing gets between a guy and his dog.”—BookPage
“Keen … sharply observed … enjoyable … This is a testosterone-rich dog story, a book just right for animal-loving Chris Lynch fans.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A compelling read, sure to appeal to boys with its humor, music references, and realistic characters.”—School Library Journal
A troubled teen.
A rescued Rottweiler.
An unlikely friendship.
Jimmer “JD” Dobbs is back in town after spending the summer “upstate.” No one believes his story about visiting his aunt, and it’s pretty clear that he has something to hide. It’s also pretty clear that his mom made a new friend while he was away—a rescued Rottweiler that JD immediately renames Johnny Rotten (yes, after that guy in the Sex Pistols). Both tough but damaged, JD and Johnny slowly learn to trust each other, but their newfound bond is threatened by a treacherous friend and one snap of Johnny’s powerful jaws. As the secrets JD has tried so hard to keep under wraps start to unravel, he suddenly has something much bigger to worry about: saving his dog.