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Pax This book started out with a lot of promise to me I had been eyeing it on the self of my local library for a long time, but finally decided to pick it up this last week because that is a beautiful cover, and the first chapter is beautifully written I d say any time we are in the fox s POV it is beautifully written, honestly, and there are places in the boy s POV that are good too but the further I got into this story thefrustrated I got The message is pretty heavy handed, and it s n This book started out with a lot of promise to me I had been eyeing it on the self of my local library for a long time, but finally decided to pick it up this last week because that is a beautiful cover, and the first chapter is beautifully written I d say any time we are in the fox s POV it is beautifully written, honestly, and there are places in the boy s POV that are good too but the further I got into this story thefrustrated I got The message is pretty heavy handed, and it s not a hard or subtle message The war is bad, humans are destructive thing is not a new lesson to be learned, and it tends to be treated with a lotnuance by other authors It s going to be hard to break down my major issues without touching on the ending a lot, so I m going to put spoiler tags after this point view spoiler First off, I never got a handle on the setting time frame I spent the first half of the book trying to figure out where this was taking place and if the rud war was historical or a made up war in the not so distant future I m leaning towards the second, but it s odd because the story is really grounded in our real world, but has a very old fashioned feel to it It doesn t feel like the modern world, but it also doesn t really feel like any place I know I think the author was going for timeless but the choice to use an obviously American setting was, I think, a mistake to achieve this The realization that war was on American soil over water, apparently It seemed like the author couldn t decide between realism or making the war sort of a vague idea that represents war generally rather than a real war so she kind of fell in a weird place that gave me just enough details to make me question the reality and how this is happening without giving me any eventual answers would ve worked better if they d kept everything a lotvague Also, the war is happening about 200 miles from where people appear to be living very normal lives with no fear of bombings or airstrikes which again, messed with my impressions of this being a modern era futuristic realistic war The author didn t really commit to the dystopian future needed to pull of the realism of a modern war on American soil but the attempts to provide real world details kept pulling me out of the fantasy of a made up war in an unknown land K, now the rest of my problems circle around the ending the ending is abrupt and unhappy but completely unearned and doesn t fit the rest of the story very well.1 The boy letting the fox go back to the wild was actually completely expected because that is how 90% of these stories end, and we ve been seeing the fox get comfy in his new wildness throughout the story HOWEVER, the boy just got through thinking how dangerous this area he s releasing the fox into was and he just sends him off into it with no attempts to move him to a safer area, knowing full well he can t stop the advancing war It doesn t make sense to the character s internal logic 2 The boy never really deals with his father The father is a strawman for an unloving maybe abusive The story never commits to him being abusive, so it was hard for me to hate him the way the ending appeared to want me to hate him parent who never gets a chance to speak for himself or explain his choices And in the end rather than resolve the father son relationship, to try and heal it, the ending is the boy determining to be not like his father and turning his back on him rather than trying to heal Honestly, other than being willing to fight to defend his home from an invading force which we are supposed to believe is a bad thing in this world and making the boy give up the fox because it will be hard on the grandfather we re only really give vague hints that the father is anything but a sad, lost man who doesn t know how to handle life and fatherhood after the death of his wife, and I was really disappointed in the approach of it s okay to throw away your father because you don t approve of his choices that the ending seemed to indicate There is a clue given in a newspaper clipping that the father intentionally let the fox fall into danger, but the idea that the father masterminded the fox potentially dying doesn t really work to make him a villain because we re not given any motive why he would do this or explanation of his side of things but rather than approach his character with understanding, the end wants the reader to turn away from him and those of his ilk called war sick which is really annoying to me especially as a military spouse who knows that men who have gone through these sorts of experiences don t need condemnation and hollier than thou judgments about how broken they are There s a reason veterans have a high rate of suicide and substance abuse, and dang, this story is like, well, that s okay, because they re broken beyond fixing and we don t need to bother to love them, just learn from their mistakes and move on In fairness, the broken but healing character of former soldier Vola is probably meant to show that they can be fixed, but it does this by showing that she s so broken she has to live in the woods for two decades to redeem herself So veterans are either disposable because brokenorso broken that they can t lead normal lives and therefore must go into the woods for a 20 year penance.Honestly, when I read the book my first thought was, well, that s just not a good ending but theI think back about it, thethis book goes from, Not a good ending to this is actually making me a little angry hide spoiler The plain truth can be the hardest thing to see when it s about yourself If you don t want to know the truth, you ll do anything to disguise it 3.5 stars This was a really sweet book Peter and Pax have been best friends since Peter saved Pax as a cub When the war strikes and Peter s dad enlists, he is sent to live with his grandfather, but Pax can t come He is abandoned on the side of the road, his favourite toy thrown into the woods, in the hope he will follow it in However, Peter iThe plain truth can be the hardest thing to see when it s about yourself If you don t want to know the truth, you ll do anything to disguise it 3.5 stars This was a really sweet book Peter and Pax have been best friends since Peter saved Pax as a cub When the war strikes and Peter s dad enlists, he is sent to live with his grandfather, but Pax can t come He is abandoned on the side of the road, his favourite toy thrown into the woods, in the hope he will follow it in However, Peter is wracked with guilt and fear for Pax s survival He has never hunted before, knows nothing of the wild how will he get by So Peter runs away, to cover the 200 miles back to where they left Pax, in the hope he can find him before anything bad happens to him While on his travels Peter meets Vola A wonderful lady who lives alone on her farm with her wood carvings I loved Vola, she is real and flawed and cares an awful lot about Peter Almost 4 stars were it not for the ending It s not that it was a bad ending, and I don t see how it could have ended any other way But it seemed rushed, and I d have liked to have known what happens after that view spoiler aka whether Peter goes back to Vola, does he visit Pax regularly or never see him again hide spoiler I think a good epilogue would have tied up the loose ends But overall a sweet story, alternating POVs between Peter and Pax Plus the illustrations were fantastic 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 Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend Twelve year old Peter s greatest companion is his fox, Pax When they are divided by necessity in preparation for impending war, Peter s need for his fox and his regret over the way they were separated is so great that he embarks on a difficult journey to be reunited with Pax Meanwhile, Pax must learn to fend for himself in the wild, a new and foreign terrain he s entirely unfamiliar with The destruction Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend Twelve year old Peter s greatest companion is his fox, Pax When they are divided by necessity in preparation for impending war, Peter s need for his fox and his regret over the way they were separated is so great that he embarks on a difficult journey to be reunited with Pax Meanwhile, Pax must learn to fend for himself in the wild, a new and foreign terrain he s entirely unfamiliar with The destruction of war threatens his new habitat, and he struggles to survive long enough to see Peter again Chapters alternate between Peter and Pax, charting their parallel adventures Peter s chapters are occasionally difficult to believe what he accomplishes as a twelve year old boy is quite a feat The help he finds along the way makes for a touching story of friendship, recovery, and self discovery Pax s chapters shine His view of the world is cleverly portrayed, playing on the use of his senses to perceive his surroundings The author superlatively demonstrates Pax s limited understanding of Peter and his unfailing devotion The fox licked at the boy s tears and then grewconfused There was no scent of blood He squirmed out of the boy s arms to inspect his humancarefully, alarmed that he could have failed to notice an injury, although his sense of smell was never wrong Whatever his boy needed protection, distraction, affection he would have offered Because this is a middle grade novel, it bears mentioning that mature topics are explored Pax makes mention of anxiety, PTSD, war and loss of bodily limbs The book deals a lot with death, often portraying it graphically While this book may help to nurture a young reader s sympathy and compassion for animals, the subject matter doesn t always seem suitable for its intended audience Parents are well advised to first read Pax before handing it to their little ones What he sensed alarmed him He tried to describe it Air choked with death Fire and smoke Blood in a river, the river running red with it, the earth drowning in blood Chaos Lessons include how thoughtless and destructive mankind can be, the challenges and triumphs of self discovery, the search for truth, and the true cost of warThe plain truth can be the hardest thing to see when it s about yourself If you don t want to know the truth, you ll do anything to disguise itHow many kids this week, he wondered, had woken up to find their worlds changed that way, their parents gone off to war, maybe never coming homeHow many kids went hungry How many had to move How many pets had they had to leave behind to fend for themselves And why didn t anyone count those things Despite the difficult subject matter, Pax is a tale of loyalty and responsibility, beautifully rendered for lasting impact The blackness had quivered with the rustle of night prowlers, and even the sounds of the trees themselves leaves unfurling, sap coursing up new wood, the tiny cracklings of expanding bark had startled him over and over as he waited for Peter to return Readers won t soon forget the story of Pax and his devoted boy, Peter This book Oh my This story broke my heart and then healed it too A beautiful beautiful story. A beautiful book, especially the illustrations were awesome I absolutely adored the style and they helped building the atmosphere a lot potential spoiler ahead I definitely get why some people are disappointed by that ending but I actually felt like it was the right thing to do. All the feels All of them I haven t loved a kids book the way I love Pax in a very long time Brought me back to watching and sobbing through Homeward Bound as a kid This journey is told through the eyes of Pax and his human, Peter, as they go through feats to find one another This story is simple and complex all at once and has deeper issues than just finding a beloved pet It will appeal to kids and satisfy adults as well. 2.5 starsOriginally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.I was really hoping that 2016 would be different than 2015 when it came to me and super hyped beloved by the kidlit powers that be MG books If Pax by Sara Pennypacker is any indication, I m still going to be one of the minority dissenters So be it Honestly, I could write an entire post about the sort of books that get the most attention and promotion from said powers and what that says about the priorities of the kidlit elite, 2.5 starsOriginally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.I was really hoping that 2016 would be different than 2015 when it came to me and super hyped beloved by the kidlit powers that be MG books If Pax by Sara Pennypacker is any indication, I m still going to be one of the minority dissenters So be it Honestly, I could write an entire post about the sort of books that get the most attention and promotion from said powers and what that says about the priorities of the kidlit elite, but for today I will stick to my thoughts on this particular book.Pax is a fox who was rescued as a helpless kit whose family was killed by a boy named Peter His entire life has been knowing Peter and Peter s care for him Then one day they drive to a distant place, Peter starts a game of fetch, and then drives off with his father Leaving Pax alone to fend for himself for the first time ever Pax is in denial and stays close to the road hoping for Peter s return But soon the events in the forest and the lives of the other foxes draw him in and he begins to form new ties and learn to be a fox in the wild Meanwhile, Peter realizes he did a terrible thing following his father s instructions to abandon Pax He sets off to find him despite the distance separating them and the looming war that has him now living with his grandfather while his father volunteers to serve in the military Injured in his journey, Peter is taken in by Vola, a lonely hermit woman who is an injured veteran of a war herself They help each other get back on their feet before Peter sets back out to reunite with his fox.Let me say this first The sentence level writing of this book is remarkable The language, imagery, and sentence structure is beautiful If we wanted to laude books solely on how poetic they are, I would be throwing the world s biggest party for this one But that s not why I read books It s always a nice plus, but it s not enough to make me love a book on its own.Regular readers of this blog know that I don t go in for animal stories much My dislike of them is, however, proportionate to how much the animals are acting like humans This is not the case here The foxes are very much foxes I loved the foxes In fact, if this book had been all about the foxes my feelings would be very different Pax learning to hunt and succeeding My heart His relationship with all the other foxes and how he begins to take care of them My heart The fox community and the way the human incursion is impacting them is so well done The foxes are real characters you can feel for The themes of broken humanity and its affect on everything shown through their eyes are subtilely rendered.The humans ruin everything.This is funny because that is literally the theme of the book, but for me the human characters ruined the book Peter is as flat a character as you can find He is a prop Vola swoops in to teach him things, but ends up needing him just as much She imparts wisdom He teaches her to live again Sound heartwarming It possibly could have been if their chapters weren t filled with rambling dialogue intended to whack the reader upside the head with the moral of the story Enough already I got it Humans suck War sucks The military is Evil I Got It Already All subtlety and nuance were tossed out the window in these chapters The book s pacing also takes a hit as these chapters are longer or perhaps just feet longer , and I kept wanting them to stop talking and get back to the foxes It was a very strange position for me to be in Character matters to methan any other part of a book though This book failed on every level with human characters I have some issues with the relationship dynamics here too One thing I have to amusedly appreciate about this section is how much Pennypacker was able to put the word damned into a book for children merely by using the Haitian Creole form of the word.The end of the book is annoying as well There is a certain amount of closure to both personal journeys of fox and boy, but one can not ignore the fact they are both still in the middle of an area about to erupt into a full out military battle Peter will probably be fine My expectations for the foxes are less hopeful Sadly I minvested in their welfare The book s setting is completely undefined, however it has a very dystopian feel to it There are enough hints to know it is in a future North America A war is about to be fought with the west over a lack of water It s definitely North America because coyotes play an integral part in the plot I m not giving this a genre tag as a result It s not contemporary or historical I can t label it sci fi despite the future aspect because it s not really sci fi And yes, this was frustrating and distracting to me for a good 1 3 of the book Being confused about where when I am in a story distracts from my being able to lose myself in the story That combined with how bored and annoyed I was by Peter s chapters left methan a little underwhelmed overall.My experience reading Pax was eerily similar to my experience watching the Pixar movie Wall E It is the same story and themes, but with foxes instead of robots Pax is Wall E Bristle is Eve Exactly Do you know how many kids I know who actually enjoy Wall E It s a small list So who is this book for To me it feels very much like one of those books adults want to give to kids so they will Learn an Important Lesson about life Could it win the 2017 Newbery Absolutely I think that is the very reason it was published There are some books I read, and automatically think, This is medal bait That is a far cry from me reading a book and thinking, This deserves a medal For me this goes squarely in the former category.I read an ARC provided by the publisher, Balzer Bray, via Edelweiss Pax is on sale now 2 1 2 stars My ultimate weakness is animal stories.I m not much of a book crier, to be honest If you pack the emotional punches in a non manipulative way, then you might get a sniffle or a watery sheen over my eyes But if you want to make me sob, go for the animals Especially animals that look like this Yes, I m shallow like that I still think this is the saddest, most awful thing I ve ever seen in a movie book tv show.What I m saying is I went into Pax expecting to have my heart ripped ou 2 1 2 stars My ultimate weakness is animal stories.I m not much of a book crier, to be honest If you pack the emotional punches in a non manipulative way, then you might get a sniffle or a watery sheen over my eyes But if you want to make me sob, go for the animals Especially animals that look like this Yes, I m shallow like that I still think this is the saddest, most awful thing I ve ever seen in a movie book tv show.What I m saying is I went into Pax expecting to have my heart ripped out In fact, I wanted it As soon as I heard this was a moving story about a boy and his pet fox, my tear ducts got ready for action But, unfortunately, it just missed the mark for me.When Peter s father enlists in the war, he makes Peter release his pet fox Pax into the wild But Peter immediately regrets it and decides to set out to find his best friend, who also happens to be trying to find him Both will face struggles and new realizations along the way.There s a lot of repetition of the story s main message that humans destroy everything with war and that war is the ultimate horror of horrors Even for a middle grade novel, it lacked a little depth And it grew very slow in parts I got the feeling that it would have made a better short story than a full length children s novel Partly because it got so repetitive, but also because Peter s journey to find Pax is a long, boring trek with some chapters feeling thrown in to pad out the story I also only liked Pax s perspectives in the beginning After a while, his animal narrative becameandof the same scents, food and I need to find my boy Though I think the real let down for me was the ending I pushed through some of the novel s slower parts in order to reach a conclusion I was sure would destroy me I predicted what would happen, but that was okay it didn t need to be surprising to have an impact Yet, there was no impact It kind of petered out flat, emotionless and brushed under the carpet Not even a sniffle.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store Pax is a story about the separation of a young boy named Peter and his pet fox, Pax As a baby, Pax s parents were killed and he was taken in by Peter Peter raised him and gave him the care that he needed to grow he was devoted to Pax and they developed a powerful relationship.Then the unexpected happens war is on the horizon and Peter s dad tells him Pax must go back to the wild Peter will be forced to stay with his grandfather, miles from Pax It s heartbreaking for Peter to be separated f Pax is a story about the separation of a young boy named Peter and his pet fox, Pax As a baby, Pax s parents were killed and he was taken in by Peter Peter raised him and gave him the care that he needed to grow he was devoted to Pax and they developed a powerful relationship.Then the unexpected happens war is on the horizon and Peter s dad tells him Pax must go back to the wild Peter will be forced to stay with his grandfather, miles from Pax It s heartbreaking for Peter to be separated from Pax, and his father is less than sympathetic It isn t long until Peter takes matters into his own hands and sets off to navigate miles of wilderness to reunite with his beloved fox.We re all animal lovers here and couldn t wait to read Pax I ended up reading this with my two middle graders, and at first we were all engaged, but about half way through they were losing some interest because parts of the book seemed to drag on They were anxious to discover the ending, but they were also able to figure it out well beforehand Perhaps this was because Pax s adventures in the wild are shared in between Peter s perspective which prompts you to put two and two together It s certainly not the ending we wanted, but it was an understandable and acceptable ending I had hoped there might be a littlecontinuation to it, but overall the story was wrapped up nicely Pax truly is a wonderful story which opens up for a lot of discussion There s so much going on with these characters and muchto think about than just Peter finding Pax I personally thought the book was written well and enjoyed this story The alternating point of view between Pax and Peter kept me engaged and characters were well developed and interesting Peter and Pax learn many lessons on their way back to one another It s a beautiful story with themes of friendship, human animal companionship, perseverance, and also a sobering reminder of the consequences of war Occasionally we subbed in the audio, but we were happier just reading this out loud together 4 stars