"In this short, gracefully-told novel, Larry is spending the summer playing baseball with his buddies and hanging out. But he also is supporting three stray dogs that his parents let him keep if he provides all of the food, a task the boy cheerfully tackles by doing odd jobs and collecting aluminum cans and paper - which he takes to the local junk yard dealer for money. But the costs of dog food have gone up, Larry's profits have gone down since the city started its own recycling program, and things look bleak. In addition, his pesky five-year-old brother Paul has discovered another stray dog standing in an alley by what looks like blood on the walls and ground nearby. When Larry figures out by patient observation what is going on when he sees the back door of a restaurant open, his observations earn him a real job - plus another dog to care for." - Susan Hepler, Ph.D. - Children's Literature.