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THERE IS A SECOND BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's called "Pax, Journey Home" and it is coming out Sept.7, 2021! The cover is a lot like the first, except there is a younger fox (Pax's son?) beside Pax.
My favorite fox is Bristle.

May 10, 2021

An amazing read, I read this when I was around 11 and at 13 I still think its a great book.

Apr 06, 2021

Under his father's authoritarian gaze, fourteen-year-old Peter reluctantly and tearfully sets his pet fox free in the wilderness. War is coming, and Peter is being sent to live with his grandfather and Pax, despite having lived with Peter for the past seven years, is not welcome. Over the next weeks, as they both determine to find each other again, both boy and fox discover courage and strengths they didn't realize were within them. This was a bittersweet story of love and friendship, set in an unspecified time and place.

JCLSteveC Apr 05, 2021

A boy and his fox are forced to grow up and learn survival in this emotional adventure.

Jan 31, 2021

This is easily one of the best books I’ve ever read.

Nov 12, 2020

I am 68 years old and I LOVED this book. I only wish I had read it when I was 10 to 14, as suggested. The message is Peace and Love. Two but not two. 5 stars!

Oct 22, 2020

A must read! One of my favorite books of all time!

Sep 26, 2020

I read this with my 8 year old every night before bed. It was an endearing story with lessons of courage and perseverance. There are tough scenes because of a war going on, but sometimes real life is just that way. The ended was beautiful and heart-breaking, but such an appropriate end. I would recommend it with the caution that it will pull at the heart-strings.

VaughanPLDonnalee Jul 13, 2020

This is a deceptively simple story about a boy and his pet fox who have become separated and are trying to reunite. This thoughtful, beautifully written book asks some challenging questions about how to live your life. It is a gripping adventure story, but it is also a haunting and provocative book. The book has only a few characters and not a very complicated plot, but it is an excellent, captivating book that will keep children engaged.

Jun 04, 2020

I loved this book! It's such a great read and it really makes you think. I 100% suggest it to middle school and upper elementary school readers.

jcljessicaj Apr 09, 2020

Peter sets off to find his fox, Pax, whom his father made him leave behind, but he encounters many roadblocks along the way. A lovely story, told from both Pax and Peter's perspectives, of friendship, perseverance, helping others, and growing through hardship. It centers on the theme of what relationships really are and how different they can be.

OPL_KIDS Apr 01, 2020

Pax is the story of the unbreakable bond between a boy and his pet fox. It is filled with excitement, adventure, loyalty, and hope, making it an excellent option for both adventure lovers and animal lovers (provided they can tolerate the more emotionally challenging moments/content). It is told from the perspective of both Peter (the boy) and Pax (the fox), alternating narrators with each chapter. Peter's side of the plot develops slowly and may even feel a bit shallow at first, but the adventures provided by Pax's side of the story keep the book moving along sufficiently well. The heart of the story is full of emotion and adventure, eventually developing into a story you "just can't put down." By the end of it, you find yourself so emotionally invested that animal lovers may even get a little misty eyed by the bittersweet final plot twist. I would definitely recommended this to anyone looking for an emotionally-charged, adventure-filled middle grade fiction book.

Reviewed by Miss Allison

JCLHeatherM Jan 13, 2020

The family love between a boy and his fox rings true in Pennypacker's narrative.

Nov 03, 2019

This book is definitely worth reading!
I shed a few tears near the end but overall a beautiful book.

Remembering Pax my favorite fox!

Sep 10, 2019

I like this book and the last park was kind of sad.

Sep 08, 2019

This book was really good and also a little sad but overall it was realy good

Sep 02, 2019

i liked this book it was cute and funny

IndyPL_SteveB Aug 17, 2019

Peter is a 12-year-old boy who rescued a baby fox several years ago. He named the fox “Pax” and they have been inseparable ever since. But Peter’s father must go to war and he has to take Peter to his grandfather’s to live. Along the way, he forces Peter to release Pax into the wild. 200 miles later at the grandfather’s house, Peter knows he has made a terrible mistake, and he sets off in the middle of the night to hike back to the spot where he left Pax.

Meanwhile, after a couple of cold lonely nights, Pax doesn’t know where his boy went; but he is determined to head back toward their original home. The real shock for the reader is that the war is not in some faraway location – it is right in the area where Pete lives, and the enemy is marching.

It’s a thoughtful book, with alternating chapters from both Peter and Pax’s point-of-view. Pax is not overly anthropomorphized. I think it would make an excellent novel for book discussions with 6th-7th grade level.

BPLpicks Jul 15, 2019

Peter and Pax, his pet fox, have been best friends since Pax was a kit. When the war begins Peter is sent off to live with his grandfather. Peter must leave Pax behind and his fox is sent back to the forest to fend for himself. This begins a grand journey for both Peter and Pax to try to find their way back to each other. This dramatic story is told alternately through the eyes of Peter and Pax. A heartwarming story about friendship, love, loss and loyalty.

Banks_SusanC Oct 23, 2018

A beautiful sweet sad story. The lack of a concrete setting was distracting at first, but if you can just embrace the story as it is, it is delightful. I love seeing the growth of Pax as a fox through the story, and how his boy is able to grow and change, too.

Aug 26, 2018

The only reason I rated it so low is because it is so sad! That's a warning for you!

Jul 07, 2018

Pax was an amazing book. It was a heartwrenching story, and the main character was very connected with certain characters throughout the story. In the story, we meet Vola, a strong woman, but is kindhearted inside. We also meet Peter and Pax, an inseparable relationship. This book was very good, and had me on the edge of the chair at every single part of the story.

Jun 23, 2018

Okay, I am not a dog fan. This book changed my love for dogs and friendship. Excellent book for 5th grader. We had to read it last year for a competition. Highly recommend reading or listening to it with a box of tissues.

May 29, 2018

pax is a cute story about a fox and his boy. the boy who has kept a fox named pax as a pet for years has to release him to the wild when his father goes to war. it is a book with sadness hope and joy in the simple was a book that has been on my "to read" shelf for a while and i finally got to it and could not stop reading it. its a great story but it is a little drawn its a simple story with a lot of words. i am so glad i finally got to read this i would give it 4 1/2 stars. pax is a must read for ages 10 thru 13.

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