A compelling coming-of-age adventure from legendary SF master and multiple New York Times bestseller Robert A. Heinlein Lummox has been the pet of the Stuart family for generations. With eight legs, a thick hide, and increasingly large size, Lummox is nobodys idea of mans best friend. Nevertheless, John Stuart XI, descendant of the starman who originally brought Lummox back to Earth, loves him. But when Lummox eats a neighbors car and begins to grow again, the feds decide that enough is enough. John isnt about to let the authorities take his pet away, and with his best friend, Betty, he determines to save Lummoxeven if he must leave the life hes known forever.