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Pax by Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen

National Book Award Longlist * New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year

This paperback edition has french flaps.

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. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062377012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 9,876
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sara Pennypacker is the author of the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Clementine series, the acclaimed novel Summer of the Gypsy Moths, and the picture books Meet the Dullards, Pierre in Love, and Sparrow Girl. She divides her time between Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Florida. You can visit her online at www.sarapennypacker.com.


Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He is the Caldecott Award-winning author and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, as well as the illustrator of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett; The Dark by Lemony Snicket; House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser; Cats' Night Out by Caroline Stutson; and the first three books in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series.

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Pax 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for light reading and loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful book filled with learning lessons the hard way and understanding people by sharing their lives. The true feeling given to the reader is if you truly love someone never give up hope that you can help them to shine their brightest and maybe even find happiness yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! You need to read it. Pax is a fox whom was adopted by a human. Pax's boys dad enlisted him in the military, so Pax's boy has to go to war, while Pax is out in the forest and meets new friends, and learns what it is like to be a real fox. Read the book and you will LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! I rate it 5 stars and recommend it to you. So why r u still reading my review?? Get The Book NOW! Love, Lucas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book that has vlearly been spent time on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sades book ever but has a strong ending. And i love it to peaces read 5times. You should totoly read it. You shoud get it if you love pets and heart breaking storys.
Anonymous 25 days ago
Sad but worth the good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend owns the book her name is Tyler and I am going to ask her if I can borrow it. And then I will write a real review and tell u how the book if u have not read it yet.
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Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Peter rescued Pax when he was a kit. Pax didn't have any family left and Peter took him in. Pax sees peter as his boy and thinks Peter would never betray him. However, the war breaks out, so Peter's father enlists and has to leave his son behind. Peter's grandfather will take him in, but he doesn't want him to bring Pax. Peter is forced to leave his friend behind. Peter regrets abandoning Pax, especially since the fox has no wilderness skills. He decides to go back for him, even if this means covering a large distance by foot and entering a war zone. Will they be reunited? Pax is a beautiful emotional story about a close friendship between a boy and a fox. Peter and Pax love each other and Peter will do anything to get his animal back. I had respect for his determination and his willingness to go far to make sure Pax is okay. Peter doesn't know if he'll survive and all he wants is to return to where he left Pax as quickly as he can. I had tears in my eyes when I read about his journey. It's moving and eventful. Peter struggles, but he perseveres. I admired that and couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out if he'd find his friend or if Pax would be lost to him forever. Pax loves his human friend and his loyalty is unconditional. He doesn't know how to survive on his own, but he isn't the only fox out there. However, there's a war nearby and this makes staying unharmed even more difficult. It was amazing to find out more about this special animal and I enjoyed reading about Pax's adventures. I loved that Sara Pennypacker makes it obvious that he's an animal, while giving him an almost human personality at the same time. That's something that requires a lot of skill and careful thinking. Sara Pennypacker's writing has a gorgeous flow. Her main characters are interesting and being able to see the world through both Peter and Pax's eyes was fantastic. Seeing war from the perspective of a child and an animal greatly impressed me, Sara Pennypacker expertly describes what it makes them see and feel. She's an excellent storyteller and it's clear she cares about her characters, she writes about them with love and admiration. Pax is a wonderful story with a surprising ending. It's a fantastic emotional story with a terrific bittersweet plot.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Cute and very well written with excellent characterization, setting, and themes. A little predictable, but I enjoyed it.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, emotive story for everyone! Wow - what an emotively written children’s tale chronicling the amazing friendship between a boy and the fox he brought up, Pax, told from their two points of view. The language used is evocative, making it easy to empathise with both characters as they strive to reunite with each other despite the dangers and turmoil around them. The descriptions from the point of view of the fox, Pax, bring to life in the readers’ imagination just what it must have felt like to be a pet abandoned and left to fend for himself. This book may well be targeted at middle grade readers but it is still one that can be thoroughly enjoyed by adults, too. It could be used in schools as a brilliant example of stories told from different points of view but is a delightful story to read in its own right, and would make a fantastic one for teachers to share with their pupils either as a class or group reader. This is a very memorable story and one I have no hesitation in highly recommending for everyone to read. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
This is a gem! Don’t let the cover deceive you, for this is a story for all ages to read. From the first chapter, this novel pulled at my heart strings and I knew it would be one that I will be passing on to others. I believe that Pax will soon find itself among those stories that everyone will call their favorite, those stories that we all recall on instinct. There is a connection between a boy and a fox in this story and as I read, I reminisced about reading these types of stories as a child. I would read these stories over and over again for there is something special about these bonds, and reading Pax, I felt this same way, for these types of stories will never leave you. They make their mark on your heart and stay with you forever. Pax will be like Benji, like Charlotte’s Web, and Shiloh, just to name a few, books that leave you with an impression and a book that you will want to read over and over again. Inside these books, you find comfort, excitement and a message that fills you like no other. As I looked back through the novel, I realized the author used many adjectives to describe the world around me. I didn’t realize this as I was reading for I was submerged inside Pax and Peter world and nothing else mattered. Jon provided a few sketched illustrations throughout the novel and for younger children, I believe these illustrations would be helpful but for me, Sara’s words alone had casted a wonderful picture for me to draw upon. This was a brilliant, exhilarating story that I truly enjoyed! He licks his salty tears; he’s there to comfort him but why he is crying he is not sure. The angry voice comes again from the father and the begging voice suddenly appears from the boy. The car stops suddenly and they all step out onto the grass. The boy has the old plastic soldier; it is the fox’s favorite toy and he believes they are going to play his favorite game. As the fox retrieves the soldier, hunting it down after the boy threw it, the fox hears the car doors slam and the humans drive away. The distant sound of “Peter!” and “Pax” is what the fox hears as he tries to grasp what just occurred. After reading this, I knew there was no turning back, my morning was devoted to Peter and Pax. What!?! Why were they being separated? So much is happening now is Peter’s life. He’s being dropped off at his grandfather’s now, his father is headed off to war and he just lost his Pax. Peter is dreading the decision his father made to leave Pax out in the woods. Pax was only a few weeks old when Peter rescued him as a kit and he is scared of what might happen to Pax as he tries to fend for himself out in woods. Peter misses Pax immensely. He knows what he must do. He begins packing for Peter believes it will take him one week to trek the 300 mile to locate him. With alternating viewpoints, we hear as Peter begins walking to the place where they dropped Pax off, just hoping Pax stayed there and is waiting for them. Peter is anxious, worried and in a hurry. As he hurries along, he hurts his foot and his trip is delayed. Pax, himself is experiencing a whole new world, with new smells, different creatures and a broader sense of the world which could lead him into greater danger and newer opportunity. Pax is used to being waited on by Peter and now he must fend for himself. Finding food and water, coexisting with other animals including wolves and foxes, Pax must learn the way of the wild. Separated, their thoughts a
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Citajme-com More than 1 year ago
“Pax”, made by two well-known names- written by bestselling author Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by well-known artist Jon Klassen - is a beautiful story about the friendship between a boy named Peter and his fox Pax, endangered by the devastating war conflict. Pax and Peter are friends since the day when the fox was young, but suddenly bad days are coming and they need to separate - Peter's dad enlists in the military and boy needs to return his friend to the wild. Now, separated by huge distance, both Peter and Pax are feeling miserable and though the dangers of war are all around, Peter decides to embark on the journey to reunite with his only true friend… Sara Pennypacker, known for his “Clementine” series and “Meet the Dullards”, with her latest book delivers a profound and emotional read for younger school children which manages to keep attention through all of his 300 pages. It is a story of friendship, kindness, sacrifice, a wonderful message how important are friends in our lives. Speaking about the artwork, Jon Klassen again produced beautiful illustrations characterized by appealing, though not so usually encountered, use of black and white that makes this book equally enjoyable to read and look. Therefore, “Pax” with its beautiful story and remarkable artwork is work worth of recommendation – a book that would inspire children with its profound lesson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG! I LIKE LOVE LOVE this book. You have no idea. P.S im 15 and single. Put ur number above and maybe?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A repetitive book with a very disappointing bad ending.