While reading it, I kept thinking, "This is Home Alone for dogs!" There's plenty of action and adventure, some very funny scenes, and I love the justice that prevails at the end. Five stars!" For the first three years of his life, Koko, a small breed of dog called a Shih Tzu, lived with a little old lady he called Mama. One day Mama became very sick and was taken to the hospital. She left a large sum of money to her great nephew, Stewart, to take care of Koko if something should happen to her. But when she passed away, Stewart abandoned Koko in a park. This is the story of how Koko was suddenly forced to tackle life on his own — with no food, water, or shelter. He met lots of dangers along the way, like mean dogs, vicious coyotes, scary dogcatchers, and even life-threatening injuries. Sometimes Koko made friends, but, as time went by, it began to look like nobody would ever give him a good home.. A great read for 7-10 year olds.