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Feb 1 / Michael

Raise the Woof: Two-book deal!

Some books are dog-eared, and some books are dog tales. My next young adult novel aims to be both: It’s about a rescue Rottweiler named Jonny Rotten and a kicked-around 16-year-old named Jimmer “JD” Dobbs. Here’s the official announcement from Publishers Marketplace:

February 1, 2012, Children’s: Young Adult
TRAPPED author Michael Northrop’s ROTTEN, the tale of a rescue Rottweiler and a troubled teen who overcome each other’s defenses only to have everything threatened by a treacherous friend and one snap of the dog’s powerful jaws, again to Anamika Bhatnagar at Scholastic, in a two-book deal, by Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger (world).

Amazing, right? We had a lot of dogs when I was growing up—as many as five at a time, a lot of them rescues—and I’ve always wanted to feature a dog as a main character. JR was really a joy to write, and now readers will get to meet him. If I were any more excited, I’d chew up the couch!

Did You Know? Yesterday was the birthday of Jonny Rotten’s namesake, legendary singer/scoundrel Johnny Rotten. Happy Birthday, you punk!


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  1. Heather / Feb 1 2012

    Congratulations, Michael! (Am I the only one who still comments on blogs instead of Facebook? Le sigh.)

  2. Michael / Feb 1 2012

    Thanks, Heather! Yeah, it definitely feels like most of the commenting has migrated to Facebook and Twitter. I’m not too picky: Wherever people comment is fine with me. (But that “0 comments” tag looks a little sad sometimes….)

  3. Melanie / Feb 2 2012

    Congrats on the book deal!! I can’t wait to read this, and I hope there are many more loldogs on the path to its publication.

  4. Jon / Feb 2 2012

    Yah, congrats!

  5. Michael / Feb 2 2012

    Thanks, y’all! I am very excited about this one, and I can’t wait until it’s released—or I guess unleashed is more like it.

  6. Taylor / Feb 2 2012

    Yay! (And the Pup-lisher’s Marketplace pup is SO cute 🙂

  7. Michael / Feb 2 2012

    Thanks, Taylor! Yes, you may see more of that little guy on this site!

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