Pax by Sara PennypackerPax by Sara Pennypacker


bySara PennypackerIllustratorJon Klassen

Hardcover | February 2, 2016

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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. . . .

Before becoming an author, Sara Young was a watercolor painter. She has written several children's books including the Clementine series, Stuart's Cape, Stuart Goes to School, and Dumbstruck under the name of Sara Pennypacker. Written under her real name, My Enemy's Cradle is her first adult novel. She currently lives in Cape Cod, Mass...
Title:PaxFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:288 pages, 7.75 × 5.5 × 1.05 inShipping dimensions:7.75 × 5.5 × 1.05 inPublished:February 2, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062377019

ISBN - 13:9780062377012


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite While it has a decent story line and some good characters and moments, I found it a little slow as a read aloud to my class.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story - listened to it on audio A few slow parts, but I think my Middle Schoolers would like it. Reminded me a bit of Where the Red Fern Grows. Love that you hear so much from Pax's perspective. A few characters and twists I didn't expect which was neat. Love that the author is also a watercolour painter!
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story and Illustrations This book delves honestly into themes of loyalty and love. Pax is a memorable story that will pull at any animal lovers' heart strings. Well written and great for a wide range of readers.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from lovely cover really great story and the hardcover version is beautiful
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent Pax is a really good book and has lots of attractive words to learn and use in your writing. it is about a boy named Peter and a fox named Pax. peter and pax have been together ever since Peter rescued him. the part when it got wistful is when Peter lost pax in the woods because they were playing a game similar to fetch and when Peter through it. i am not gonna tell what happened next because i am not a spoiler.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from like this it was amazing and emotional but at the beginning it was confusing
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Utterly brilliant and compelling read.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional Masterpiece This is a story about a fox and a boy and their journeys of self-discovery. The chapters alternate between the fox, Pax's, point of view, and Peter's, the boy who raised him, after Peter's father makes him set Pax loose into the wild as war approaches. Eloquently written, insightful messages, and beautifully portrayed, this is an emotional masterpiece. Although written for middle grade readers, readers of all ages would love this remarkable novel.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent read aloud I used this book as a read aloud last year and my students loved it. It was a bit sad throughout especially for my animal lovers but I still got two thumbs up from them. They wanted a bit of a better ending, or a look into the future of the characters but otherwise an engaging novel.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from it was okay didnt think it wasnt very good
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from pricey It's OK but not worth $16.51 at all.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read aloud Pax is a great read aloud with each chapter written in one of the main character's points of view. Main themes are friendship, loss and empathy.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My brother loves this book My brother loves this book
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great story for life lessons A real tear jerker (for us sensitive types anyway). My 10 year old son loves foxes, and I thought this would be a great book for him. He asked me to read it first to gauge the "tear jerker" level. I finally convinced him to read it himself, and he had a hard time with the emotions. It is a super good book according to him, but he is super sensitive and wears his heart on his sleeve.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Love reading this! The story is very educational.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A future classic Pax is a wonderfully written story. I loved it, cried over it, and will certainly read it again. I believe this book will become a classic in children's fiction, although I would not give it to a young reader who may be upset by some parts. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adore this book This is a wonderful story. Love reading this
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book great book for kids love it!
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from action, surprises, courage This story is full of surprises, action, and courage. Pax is just a kit when Peter found him. The little fox became a loved pet right away, and lived with his boy contentedly until the war came. Peter had to give up his fox, turn him out into the wild the fox was no longer familiar with, and then Peter had to go live with his grandfather he didn't know well. Guilt overcomes him, and Peter runs away to find Pax, three hundred miles away. The real adventures begin there. He gets hurt, meets someone who changes his life, and ... all the while Pax is having his own adventures as he waits for his boy to return for him. This is such a good story that has won awards!
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Teaching kids This book teaches kids the good and bad choices of life
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great teachings I loved how this book incorporated different subjects together. Even though some parts are sad and maybe a little bit scary, realizing it's part of life made it all fit nicely together. It brought into light that both children and adults alike have their difficulties, that asking for help can be hard but it's a good thing to do, that helping others also helps you (whether you know it or not), that life doesn't always go as we plan but sometimes it's better that way. Definitely some great topics for discussion following the read.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sweet, sad and a little slow Some good characters here that stay with you but a fair amount of adult themes to beware of if reading to very young children. Mine are 12 & 14 and enjoyed it but felt it dragged on a bit.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This was so good. I'm so glad I read it!
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Know It's Good When a 12-Year Old Recommends it to You Had a great conversation with my friend's 12-year old daughter about this; my 10-year old daughter loved it and convinced her teacher to read it to her grade 5 class. She said, 'Mom, there are sad parts, but, sometimes it's good to know how to be sad and still be ok."
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet and sad A relevant book for young people today. I think it would make for a great book study for junior high students. After reading it I do feel quite sad, but the ending was satisfying.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book! This book was beautiful and very enjoyable! It was heart-touching and adorable. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful but a little boring I don't think I'm the right target audience for this. It's a nice book but a bit boring for a 30+ mom. I didn't read it to my children. Perhaps they will read it when they are older and love it.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from my son loves it his class is reading this at school and now he wants me to buy it for him for christmas!!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Others Love it More I tried to read this entire book so I could recommend it to teachers as a read aloud. Since it is a Global Read Aloud selection this year, I was expecting to love it. I couldn't even finish - it just wasn't exciting enough for me. However, every teacher that has read it aloud to grades 4-6 classes has had success... I guess I just wasn't the target audience :).
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! It's a good book to read with younger family members.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, love My 10 year old son and I read this together, and loved it (once he got past the father forcing the boy to abandon the fox in the first chapter!!). Really loved the way it told the story from both points of view.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new classic I cannot say enough about how much I loved this book. I'm certain it will become a new classic for readers, young and old. I hope to see more stories like this from Sara Penny packer.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing An amazing read-compelling and heartfelt story that touches upon a boy and his pet but delves into deeper issues - relationships, PTSD, understanding after effects of war upon individuals and society and making difficult decisions. I would suggest a read for 10+. Younger readers could read although as an older reader the child would glean some of the lessons of the book more. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2016-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A heartwarming book about war, loss, and letting go When Peter’s father joins the war, Peter is forced to release his beloved pet fox Pax, into the wild. We follow Pax’s journey back to his true nature, and Peter as he is determined to find him. As war gets closer they both learn about love and letting go. A compelling read for ages eight to 12.
Date published: 2016-02-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not howling over it With the seemingly universal love for Pax, I feel like I'll be left out to the coyotes with the rating I'm giving it. I was left underwhelmed by the book in general – it seemed to stall at very specific points, both in the plot and setting, and while it hit the sentimental notes of the bonds between man and furry friend, I was left wanting more of an emotional punch to the gut. The narrative voice which switched back and forth between Peter the boy and Pax the fox made for some compelling and challenging tone that forces the reader to be empathetic towards both perspectives, yet proves to be unnecessarily confusing and choppy. What surprised me was how grownup the story felt with its themes of responsibility, sacrifice, post-traumatic stress, and learning to let go. No doubt will it become a new classic with an accompanying film (animated, please) in years to come because of its cross-generational messages.
Date published: 2015-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! All the feels! All of them! I haven't loved a kids book the way I love Pax in a very long time. Brought me back to watching (and sobbing through) Homeward Bound as a kid. This journey is told through the eyes of Pax and his human, Peter, as they go through feats to find one another. This story is simple and complex all at once and has deeper issues than just finding a beloved pet. It will appeal to kids and satisfy adults as well.
Date published: 2015-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking Tale of a Bond during a War *Based on a reading of an ARC Let's make 2016, the year of the fox. I really like the book, it actually reminded me of Pixar’s animations which cater to young and old. We don’t know the time or place where this story takes place and that seems to be intentional since war affects us all, human and non-humans no matter the age, sex time or which part of the world they reside. The concept itself is not new, but it’s beautifully written and uses the parallel narratives of a 12 years-old boy name Peter and his pet fox, Pax. The main human characters (Peter and Vola) are complex, fighting their own personal demons but those things elevate the book from simple story for children to older readers. Pax, himself grows in his own way left in the wild. I do like that females play vital roles in both Peter and Pax's growth and healing process. Some scenes are graphic which will make animal lovers cringe but I like that the author was brutally honest in the effects of war. My only complaint is that the ending was rather abrupt, realistic but abrupt. Mind you I did tear up but it could have been better written to give the closure it deserved. I do look forward to the illustrations which were missing in the ARC and I plan to purchase one to add to my collection.
Date published: 2015-11-10

Editorial Reviews

“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