Pax by Sara Pennypacker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I don't often say this this, but be warned: this book will give you ALL the emotions.
Told in alternating POVs between Peter, a young boy, and his fox, Pax, the story follows the dual journeys that Peter and Pax undertake to find each other after they are separated when Peter's father goes to war. The book is heartbreaking from the first chapter and doesn't really back down with the emotional energy throughout.
Ultimately, this is a story of friendship, love, redemption, and loyalty. I was slightly put off by the ending, but after thinking about it, IMO there was really no other way Pennypacker could have ended the story.
Jon Klassen's accompanying illustrations are a lovely addition to the book.
This is going to be a book that will be sticking with me for quite some time.
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