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Rotten    by Michael Northrop order for
by Michael Northrop
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Scholastic, 2013 (2013)
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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Sixteen year old JD Dobbs is surprised to come home from a mysterious trip upstate to find his mother has taken in a Rottweiler. The dog is huge and built like a cement truck with jaws like an alligator.

He's a rescue who is afraid of males because in his prior life his male owner beat him and chained him to a tree in the yard. His mom calls the dog Jon-Jon, but she's open to a name change. JD chooses Johnny Rotten.

JD has less than a week before school starts to reconnect with his friends. He would normally be in a hurry but he's afraid they'll question him about his absence and he's not looking forward to that discussion. When they finally get together, nobody buys his story of visiting his out-of-town aunt, but other than that it's like he's never been gone.

When one of his friends corners Johnny Rotten, he gets bitten. JD begins to see how much he cares for the dog who has slowly accepted JD as a friend. Will JD be able to save him?

This book is a winner with true-to-life teen characters and a lovable, misunderstood Rottweiler.

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