Publisher: Delacorte Press
Joey Crouch’s life is turned upside down when his mother is killed in an accident. He is sent to live with the father he doesn’t know in a small Iowa town. Not only does Joey have to deal with being the new kid in town, but also the son of the “Garbage Man.” Joey discovers his father is not only eccentric, but also a “Rotter” or grave robber. Soon, Joey is learning the family business and is embroiled in the macabre goings on in the world of Rotters.
Rotters is not for the light of heart. This dark look into the world of those who rob from the dead is an interesting study of the human condition. Looking beyond the macabre, there is a good story about a father and son learning to love one another and also about how the past never really stays in the past. A thrilling horror for both older teens and adults.
Rotters is the recipient of ALSC’s Odyssey Award in 2012 for the best audiobook produced for children or young adults.
Score: 4 out of 5