A big, shaggy, amiable young man who is hired by the Lovatts first to do yard work and then to watch Ben in the hours when he is not in school. Ben takes a strong liking to John, who (though patient and sweet) treats Ben roughly, as though he is training a puppy. Ben seems to like this treatment, and John invites him along to hang out with his gang of friends, riding on motorbikes and hanging out at the café. John begins to manipulate the situation a bit, asking for cash to take Ben (and the rest of the gang) on outings, and Harriet complies, happy to have Ben out of the house. Johns’s gang of friends, accept Ben as a mascot of sorts, though the names they call him seem cruel: “Dopey, Dwarfey, Alien Two, Hobbit, and Gremlin.” Eventually Ben is disappointed when John and his friends move away to attend a vocational school.
John Character Timeline in The Fifth Child
The timeline below shows where the character John appears in The Fifth Child. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Pages 74 – 96
...Ben home. Among the guests is Deborah, newly divorced. Ben has become a mascot for John’s group of friends, treating Ben roughly, ordering him about, calling him “Dopey, Dwarfey, Alien Two,... (full context)
Pages 96 – 133