Who could resist living with a raccoon who is just about your best friend? In this delightful memoir, Sterling North recalls his year with Rascal -- a very mischievous and resourceful raccoon. Sterling, a boy of 11, watches in amazement as this baby raccoon, barely the size of Sterling's hand, instinctively washes everything before eating it. Sterling knows that every night Rascal will sneak into the house by hooking his claws onto the back screen door and head straight for Sterling's bed. Virtually everywhere Sterling goes, Rascal is there, and life is filled with one adventure after another. This is an unforgettable and touching story of friendship and letting go -- an enduring classic.