Sara Pennypacker Books
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
Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks
on adventures and discoveries of his own.
Listen to the interview with Sara about PAX on National Public Radio.
- Kirkus Reviews
(starred review): "Moving and poetic.”
- Booklist (starred review): “Pennypacker’s
expert, evenhanded storytelling reveals stunning depth
in a relatively small package.”
- Katherine Applegate, Newbery Award-winning author of
The One and Only Ivan: “Searingly honest and heartbreakingly
lovely, Pax is, quite simply, a masterpiece.”
- Ann M. Martin, Newbery Honoree, author of Rain Reign:
“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.”
- School Library Journal (starred review): "With spare,
lyrical prose, Pennypacker manages to infuse this tearjerker
with a tender hope, showing that peace and love can require
just as much sacrifice as war. VERDICT A startling work
of fiction that should be read—and discussed—by
children and adults alike."
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