Pax

By PENNYPACKER, Sara

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ISBN
9780062377012
Publisher
HarperCollins Balzer + Bray


REVIEWS

School Library Journal

Starred Review on December 1, 2015  |  Middle Grade

Gr 4–7—A viscerally affecting story of war, loss, and the power of friendship. Pennypacker, author of the exuberant "Clementine" series (Disney-Hyperion) and the charmingly morbid Summer of the Gypsy Moths (HarperCollins, 2012), here displays not only her formidable writing skills and a willingness to stretch her storytelling into increasingly complex narrative forms but also her ability to tackle dark and weighty themes with sensitivity and respect for the child reader. Set in an intentionally undefined time and place that could very well be a near-future America, the novel opens with a heartbreaking scene of a tame red fox, Pax, being abandoned at the side of the road by his beloved boy, Peter. Perspectives alternate between the boy and the fox, and readers learn that a terrible war rages in this land. Peter's father...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on February 1, 2016

Twelve-year-old Peter and his pet fox have been inseparable since Peter rescued Pax as a kit. Now Peter's father has enlisted, and there's no room at Grandfather's house (where the boy will be staying) for a fox, tame or otherwise; Peter's father forces his son to release Pax into the wild. Heartsick, Peter soon decides to run away to find Pax. He stumbles onto the land of a woman named Vola, a hermit who reluctantly helps the boy regain his strength after an injury ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2016

When his father enlists, twelve-year-old Peter is forced to release his pet fox into the wild. Omniscient third-person chapters alternate between Peter...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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