The clock is ticking down to the start of summer vacation, and Sam's classmates are presenting their favorite collections, or hobby, or plans for summer vacation- something special. Second to last, Sam shares his dog scrapbook, and his desire to buy a puppy over the summer. When classmate Jason laughs at his naivete about how much a purebred will cost, Sam feels discouraged and throws away his book. On the bus home, his good friend presents it back to him, knowing it represents a lot of time, and heartfelt wishes. So begins Sam's summer endeavor to earn enough money walking dogs to buy his puppy, while trying to avoid Justin's taunts and attempts to sabotage him, and learning to appreciate what he already has.
This is a great realistic fiction addition for any school library. The story incorporates good family drama, townies vs "burbies" tension, being true to yourself, going for your dreams, working hard, accepting change, and the value of gratitude and good friends.
EL - ADVISABLE. Reviewed by P.K. Foster, teacher-librarian