Mar 18, 2016

Book Review: Pax

"Pax was only a kit when his family was killed, and “his boy” Peter rescued him from abandonment and certain death. Now the war front approaches, and when Peter’s father enlists, Peter has to move in with his grandpa. Far worse than being forced to leave home is the fact that Pax can’t go. Peter listens to his stern father—as he usually does—and throws Pax’s favorite toy soldier into the woods. When the fox runs to retrieve it, Peter and his dad get back in the car and leave him there—alone. But before Peter makes it through even one night under his grandfather’s roof, regret and duty spur him to action; he packs for a trek to get his best friend back and sneaks into the night. This is the story of Peter, Pax, and their independent struggles to return to one another against all odds. Told from the alternating viewpoints of Peter and Pax."-Goodreads

I started this book not really knowing what I was getting myself into. I mean this in the best way possible. This book is full of heart. It will break yours into tiny pieces, and hand you the tape to put it back together. I was surprised to find the book to be more than just about a boy and his pet fox. The book  delves into the tragedies of war, and the impact it has upon all living creatures. It looks at the power of choice, love, and the strength that lives within all of us, even when we don't see it ourselves. This story will please both children and adults. Pennypacker has written such a hard-hitting novel by not shying away from the messy things. Because of this, more sensitive children might find this to be disturbing, and is recommended for children 10+. This is the kind of book that plants itself in your heart, slowly blooming over time, as its many depths grow inside of you. 

Book Level: 5.3
AR Points: 8