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A troubled teen. A rescued Rottweiler. An unlikely friendship.

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.

This is a heart-stealing story about a boy and his dog from New York Times bestselling author Michael Northrop.

About the Author

Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of the middle-grade adventure series TombQuest. He is also the author of On Thin Ice; Trapped, an Indie Next List selection; Plunked, a New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection and an NPR Backseat Book Club pick; and other titles. An editor at Sports Illustrated Kids for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. Learn more at

Praise For…

Praise for Rotten:

A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild selection
A 2014-15 Keystone to Reading Award finalist

"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

"A laugh-out-loud book, with so many things to love." — 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

Praise for On Thin Ice:

"A sharp, sympathetic insight into poverty, family, friendship, and forgiveness." — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Polaris:

"An exciting blend of nautical adventure and monstrous horror." — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for TombQuest:

"Pure adventure from start to finish." — School Library Connection

Praise for Surrounded by Sharks:

"This story strikes a balance of suspense and action... For reluctant readers and fans of survival stories." — School Library Journal

Praise for Trapped:

"Northrop gets at the core of human nature through masterful pacing. Gripping." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9780545495882
ISBN-10: 0545495881
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2020
Pages: 256