By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen
Why this book?
Peter’s dad has to go off to war, so he sends Peter to live with his grandpa. But first, he makes him return his pet fox to the forest. I love dual-perspective stories. Pax alternates between the boy and his fox as both struggle to adapt to life without the other—and to find each other again in an unsafe world. I also love stories about unlikely friendships. Halfway through, Peter meets Vola, a former soldier who carries the burden of war in her heart. Vola is tough, hard, broken, and wise. She helps Peter heal physically, and he helps her heal emotionally. After reading their scenes, I really understand the expression “tough love.” Vola is a surprising character and the unexpected friend that makes Pax an unforgettable book.
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