While looking for a new book to read and share with my middle school students, Pax kept coming up as a recommended read. This is the first book I have read by the author and in many ways, it brought me back to my childhood and reading Where the Red Fern Grows. (Ahh, I loved that book!) Pax carries the same punch and beautiful writing as that book. It also tugs at the heartstrings, for anyone who has ever had a pet will instantly connect with the main character in this book. Although it is written for upper elementary to lower middle school children, there is much that adults can connect to, and the writing is anything but “childish.” Great sentence structure, vocabulary, and a powerful story creates an unforgettable book and journey as boy and fox try to be reunited again amidst a great war.
Pax, by Sara Pennypacker
Genre: children’s literature; nature; animals
Summary: Peter and Pax are inseparable, ever since Peter found Pax alone and abandoned as a kit. However, years later a large war is looming, and Peter is forced to drop off Pax in a forest as Peter’s father enlists in the war. 300 miles away Peter moves in with his grandfather–a move Peter bitterly regrets. That night Peter realizes he should have never dropped of Pax, alone and vulnerable, and sets off on a journey to find and rescue his beloved friend. Meanwhile, Pax sets off on an adventure of his own, trying to be reunited with his owner. Continue reading