Zucchini is Billy's pet and his best friend.
When biologists at the ASPCA think that Zucchini is a rare black-footed ferret, Billy is in a quandary. He loves animals and does everything he can to help the ecology, but realizes that he can't keep an endangered animal as a pet.
Can Billy do the right thing and risk losing Zucchini forever?
“A wonderful tale of love, sacrifice and personal growth.” - Amazon Reviews
"…a funny and compelling look at a boy coming to terms with his shyness through his concern for endangered wildlife…For comic relief there is Billy’s talkative little sister, Emma, and Emma’s pet mouse, One-Day-Service, named after a sign on a dry-cleaning shop." - Buffalo, NY News
"…believable characters, a good mix of funny and poignant scenes…Multiple viewpoints and the animals’ anthropomorphism are also well handled, making this a good pick for middle-graders." - ALA Booklist
"…a sensitive, environmentally aware look at the child-pet bond."
-Sunday Oregonian, Portland, OR