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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Book Review - Pax by Sara Pennypacker

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Review by Suze

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.


Pax is a moving story that would be an amazing choice for both children and adults.


  1. I would love to read this. I still have a bunch of books like this from when I was younger and always looking for new ones to read. This sounds lovely:)

  2. This sounds so sweet. I can tell it's already going to make me cry.

  3. This sounds like the perfect addition to a school library.

  4. could be a great story for my brother to add in his class thanks for making us discover it

  5. I loved this book so much and you summed up my feelings perfectly! I highly recommend this book!

  6. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  7. This looks really evocative and touching!


  8. This sounds like a book schools should recommend as it seems to cover a lot of important aspects of life. A moving review.

  9. this story reminds me of an old cartoon I watched when I was very young, when a boy rescues a racoon I think, it was called (Danny and rascal). I love stories with animals in them such as Black beauty

  10. Aw, I love it. I have to buy this to my daughter.

  11. A great way to bring home the message that hate is wrong and love conquers all.