I read Pax by Sara Pennypacker in one sitting – I just couldn’t put it down.
Oh. My. God. The feels! The story starts off by ripping your heart out, gives you time to pick up the pieces, lulls you into a false sense of security… and then rips your heart out again. It is that good.
This book is about a boy named Peter and his pet fox, Pax. Peter has raised Pax since he was a tiny kit, and they are inseparable. But when his father enlists during wartime, Peter has to go live with his grandfather – and Pax isn’t welcome. His father forces him to abandon Pax on the side of the road at the start of their 300 mile journey to Peter’s new home. And so begins a tale told from both Peter and Pax’s point of view, as they each struggle to survive without the other.
This story turned out to be much more complex than you would expect from the book jacket summary. It’s darker than the typical YA novel, but I honestly can’t imagine it would be as touching with a lighter tone. As a doggie mum, the idea of abandoning a pet was actually painful to read. Don’t let that be a deterrent though – I think everyone should read this book!