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"After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back"--
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062377012
Branch Call Number: XF PENNYPACKER, SARA
Characteristics: 276 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Klassen, Jon - Illustrator


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Oct 27, 2017

Pax had me from the first page until the last. Such a great book for young and old. Read with tissues handy.

Jul 18, 2017

A warm, touching book, suitable for all ages. Needless to say, I cried at the end.

Jun 07, 2017

Beautifully written story about a boy and a fox. Peter was forced to give up his fox that he raised since a baby and he decides to go against his father's wish to search for Pax in the woods. The reader will be able to read from both perspectives of what is going on with Pax and Peter on their journeys. I read this book in one siting because I could not put it down. Author Sara Pennypacker did a wonderful job with writing this bittersweet story. I won't be surprised if this book wins awards; it's worth reading regardless of what your age is!

Feb 07, 2017

I read this book to my 9 year old at bedtime. It was lovely. We both cried at the end. It was profound and moving. Definitely a must-read for the ages. What a great novel, from the perspective of a wild creature and his human friend. This book is not only rare, but a treasure because it is written so well.

Feb 05, 2017

I love stories which are told from an unexpected perspective. In this case there are two perspectives that of a fox who has become a pet and his boy, Peter. When war comes to the unknown country, the father is forced to send his son to live with his grouchy old grandfather. Pax the fox was sent back into the wild. When Peter runs away from his grandfather to find Pax, he ends up spending time with a woman who lives alone far from people. Pennypacker shows her vast writing style in this book. Known best for her Clementine books, this book is one that can be read on many levels. On the surface, it’s the story of a runaway boy searching for his pet, but on a deeper level it is about the cost of peace, the real cost of war and about what finding out where home is.

JCLCourtneyS Feb 03, 2017

This book was full of adventure and emotion, and I really liked the alternating voices of Pax the fox and his boy, Peter. Pax (the book) left me with a lot of unanswered questions to ponder, and a newfound admiration for foxes.

Jan 27, 2017

This book is wonderfully done. When Peter and his pet fox Pax are forced to separate due to an imminent war, the story of their journey back to each other is told from the perspective of each of them in alternating chapters. Both of their stories take surprising turns and both learn and grow as their paths lead back to each other.

The name Pax is a reminder to us of the cost of war and we see the impact on the children and animals in our worlds through their own eyes in this book when peace is not present. It reminds me of the books of Meindert DeJong as Penny packer also has a gift for taking you inside the head of the animals in the story and giving you a glimpse of the world from their perspective.

JCLMaryanaK Jan 19, 2017

Pennypacker's book is the newest addition to my list of favorite reads. It's a bittersweet tale about heavy subjects, like loss and war, but made accessible to it's target audience of kids 8-12 years old by using the voices of a naive boy and a childlike fox to tell the story. Simple and true, "Pax" is beautifully written, especially when told through the fox's perspective. Great coming of age story for kids, and adults too.

AL_MARYA Jan 14, 2017

After being forced to abandon his pet fox, Pax, twelve-year-old Peter resolves to find him. A bittersweet story told in this pair’s alternating perspectives, explores a myriad of emotions. Good messages about loyalty, determination, acceptance (to name a few), but the story dragged in spots.

Jan 10, 2017

Ok, all the loving reviews of this book need a counterpoint. Based on Clementine, I expected much better from Sarah Pennypacker. My daughter and I have had some great conversations about this book, but neither of us thought it was very strong; we felt like Pennypacker had some stuff she wanted to say and tried very hard to manufacture a narrative and characters that could be a vehicle for that. The setting and context regarding a war about water isn't believable; since it doesn't seem set in a far distant future, we got hung up on trying to figure out who would be attacking whom based on the direction the river is running, etc. The timeline that the protagonist recuperates and prepares for a hundred-some-odd hike is preposterous. The characters are flat and basically angry, with little credible emotional arc or depth; they read like they'd be good on a TV special, with some colourful female war vet amputee to spice things up without getting real. The main character is determined to prove himself different from his father, NOT angry, and ends up being just that, just another angry dude, albeit with what he seems to think is a little more integrity because he lets his fox have his new life. Overall, I'd give it a pass.

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Nov 22, 2017

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Nov 26, 2016

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Jul 19, 2016

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Dec 04, 2016

12-year-old Peter and little-Pax-The-Fox is in the centre for war as Pax is forced to pull away from his boy. Pax wonders if he will ever see his boy again. If he will die from hunger or being hunted. But Peter? He faces many troubles, but he also believes that he and Pax are inseparable. While Peter faces pain and need of quick wits. Pax is left to learn how to hunt, to find a family, to learn how to live on his own. Will fox and boy ever be reunited? Or lost forever?

Jun 17, 2016

A young boy is forced to give up his beloved pet fox when war overtakes his home. His father signs up for service, and the boy goes to live with his grandpa. Can fox and boy find each other survive in the changing world and be reunited?


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AL_MARYA Jan 14, 2017

"…but distrust is no match for kindness administered consistently and unmeasured, especially in creatures new to the world.”

“So which is it? You going back for your home or for your pet? They're the same thing, Peter said, the answer sudden and sure, although a surprise to him."

AL_MARYA Jan 14, 2017

…but distrust is no match for kindness administered consistently and unmeasured, especially in creatures new to the world.”

“So which is it? You going back for your home or for your pet? They're the same thing, Peter said, the answer sudden and sure, although a surprise to him.


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