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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017
Touching and thought-provoking this is a lyrically-told story perfectly presented in a beautiful book. Peter’s life falls apart after his mother dies in a car crash. The only thing that makes him happy and keeps him going is Pax, the fox he raises from a kit – and his love of baseball. But when Peter’s father goes off to join in the army, Peter must go and live with his grandfather and return Pax to the wild. Neither Peter, nor Pax can bear the separation; both are determined to be reunited. In two strands, one human and one from an animal perspective, each tells the story of their journey. Both meet danger, kindness, accident. Peter’s human helpers comfort the deep hurt within him as well as setting him on the route home; Pax learns about the complicated and often cruel relationship between humans and animals, particularly foxes, in the wild. Jon Klassen’s illustrations capture the mood of the story perfectly. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Sara Pennypacker says, “With PAX, I wanted to say something about the unfairness of the damages done to kids when adults wage war, but also something about the amazing and redemptive connections that are possible between young humans and animals. This novel is tremendously important to me —it feels like the book all my other books have been preparing me to write.”
A message from the Editor, Harriet Wilson, “PAX is a modern classic in the making, Sara’s breathtaking and masterful storytelling will stay in your heart for a lifetime.”
Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for October 2017
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin
The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
Pax by Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen
Egyptomania by Emma Giuliani and Carole Saturno
Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig
The Greatest Magician in the World by Matt Edmondson
The moving story of the extraordinary friendship between a boy and his fox and their epic journey to be reunited. Beautifully illustrated by multi-award winner, Jon Klassen. Now available in Paperback!Pax was only a kit when his family was killed and he was rescued by `his boy', Peter. Now the country is at war and when his father enlists, Peter has no choice but to move in with his grandfather. Far worse than leaving home is the fact that he has to leave Pax behind. But before Peter spends even one night under his grandfather's roof he sneaks out into the night, determined to find his beloved friend.
This is the story of Peter, Pax, and their journeys back to each other as war rampages throughout the country. A profound and moving story with stunning illustrations by award-winning illustrator, Jon Klassen, `Pax' is destined to become a classic in the vein of `Charlotte's Web' and `Watership Down'.
Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
`Pax the book is like Pax the fox: half wild and wholly beautiful.' New York Times
'A heart wrenching masterpiece about the relationship between a boy and his fox' The Guardian
'A touching story about a boy and his pet, as well as a depection of the devestating and often unseen consequences of war' Book Trust
`A beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox.' Sainsbury's Entertainment
'Every moment in the graceful, fluid narrative is believable ... Moving and poetic.' Kirkus
Publication date: 01/09/2017
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||1st September 2017|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
Sara Pennypacker, author of the Clementine books, was a painter before becoming a writer and has two absolutely fabulous children who are grown now. She has written several books, including Stewartâ€™s Cape and Stewart Goes to School, both illustrated by Martin Matje, and Dumbstruck. When she was in school, she never had any problem at all paying attention. Okay, fine. That last part was about somebody else. Sara lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.More About Sara Pennypacker
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