People didn't necessarily hate this book, but they complained a lot about it. The word on the street is that The Higher Power of Lucky only won the Newbery Award because it went for the shock value and used the word "scrotum" on the first page. I personally don't think it's a big deal and the ALA, and many others agree. Discussion of a dog's anatomy shouldn't take away from the rest of the book, which is really great. Really, what's not to love about a 10 year old who eavesdrops on her town's AA meetings?