Pax by Sarah Pennypacker

A young boy, Peter, was forced to release his pet fox, Pax, in the wild by his dad. Years later he regretted the decision and decided to go on a hunt for his abandoned fox and get Pax back. Themes of war and loyalty are surfaced. The story is written from both the perspectives of Peter and Pax. I half expected this book to have a happy ending where boy and fox is reunited in the end, because aren’t children’s-books-with-animals-stories supposed to be feel-good? Naive me should have known. To be quite honest, I thought the story could have been better with the middle parts cut short (I had to drag myself to read through the meat of it) but I suppose I could understand why it’s a NY Times bestseller because there are good lessons out of it – we can always fix our circumstances and learn from our mistakes, we all have a choice to do what we know is right – and the bond between Peter and Pax was profound. I guess I could empathize with the story because I could imagine it happening to me and my cat. I still don’t quite know how to feel about the ending though because I was torn and unsettled and it broke me.

 

 

Title: Pax
Author: Sarah Pennypacker
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Year of Publication: 2016

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