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Told from two viewpoints—that of Pax, a fox rescued as an abandoned kit and Peter, the boy who rescued him—Pax is more than an animal story. Peter and Pax each see themselves as the protector of the other and are rarely apart, until Peter’s father enlists to fight in an impending war. Peter is sent to live with his grandfather, but Pax is not welcome at that house. Peter is forced to release Pax into the woods, into an unfamiliar life. Fearful for Pax’s life, Peter runs away and heads back to where Pax was abandoned. Both Peter and Pax, alone in their journeys, are forced to learn survival skills and in the end accept the course of nature.
~ Eight Cousins— From Holiday Picks 2016
National Book Award Longlist * New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year
From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax is destined to become a classic, beloved for generations to come.
Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.
At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox.
Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. . . .
“Pax the book is like Pax the fox: half wild and wholly beautiful.”
“Moving and poetic.”
“Pennypacker’s expert, evenhanded storytelling reveals stunning depth in a relatively small package.”
“In an exceptionally powerful, if grim story, Pennypacker does a remarkable job of conveying the gritty perspective of a sheltered animal that must instantly learn to live in the wild.”
“A startling work of fiction that should be read-and discussed-by children and adults alike.”
“An emotional, thought-provoking story of conflict, loyalty, and love.”
“Sometimes an author steps aside from a popular series to break new ground, as evidenced in this arresting novel, at once a wilderness adventure about survival and a philosophical foray into big questions.”
“Pennypacker’s elegant language and insight into human nature spin a fable extolling empathy above all. By the novel’s poignant ending, Pennypacker has gently made the case that all of us should aspire to that view—children and adults alike.”
“Searingly honest and heartbreakingly lovely, Pax is, quite simply, a masterpiece.”
“A sweeping and enchanting wartime story of trust, loyalty, betrayal, and the love of a boy for the fox he’s raised since he was a kit. A master storyteller, Pennypacker leads the reader along a path of shifting hopes to the story’s heart-wrenching conclusion.”
“Pax is set in an unspecified time and place so that the details of the war are unimportant. What is prime is the graceful but haunting story of boy and fox—their relationship set against man-made chaos.”
“Both boy and fox experience the kindness of others even with the backdrop of imminent war.” Recommended 2016 Holiday Gift for Tween Readers
“A book that is as much about dealing with loss as it is about how people change and affect the world around them.”An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016