Benny wants a pet—a dog or a cat. You know, the kind of pet everyone else has. But other kids don't have his mom. She likes to do things differently.
So Benny doesn't know what to expect when he first opens the pet carrier. Certainly not that his neighbors will want to kick is family out of town—he just got here! And he was just about to make the baseball team, too.
What will he do?
I am always on the look out for hard SF. When I do find it, usually the characters are lacking. Just bots to show off the shiny tech.
Not here. Carver has written plausible SF that has both science and heart.