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"Complete and utter heartbreak in the first chapter, but if you can make it by that, you will be rewarded with an unforgettable story. The story is about big things - the atrocities of war, the power of true friendship and love, the loss of childhood innocence, what it takes to heal from physical & emotional wounds - but it feels small, quiet, and intimate. You want to hold close both Peter and Pax, who tell their story in alternating chapters. Together, they shine of love, hope, courage beyond their years, and unflinching devotion in a war-torn and scarred landscape. It is unlike anything I've read in a long time and has all the markings of being a modern classic."
"A motherless boy. An abandoned fox. A war-torn country. A quest for love, family, and hope through the confusion of violence, doubt, and fear. Tender yet bold, this unforgettable tale deftly navigates complex emotional territory while sparking serious thought."— Meghan
National Book Award Longlist * New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year
From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax is destined to become a classic, beloved for generations to come.
Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.
At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be--with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox.
Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. . . .