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Publisher's Summary

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 300 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....

From best-selling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the essential truths that define us and the devastating costs of war. Pax is destined to become a beloved classic.

©2016 Sara Pennypacker (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Pax needs to be included in MS & HS curricula

What did you love best about Pax?

The poetic storytelling that connects humans and animals and packs a lot of metaphor and relatable content into one tale.

What about Michael Curran-Dorsano’s performance did you like?

I loved everything about the narrator's performance because his tone, cadence and accents felt "warm" and familiar to me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many moments moved me and kept me wanting more but certainly the bittersweet end moved me to tears and evoked some powerful feelings about compassion, love, loss and letting go.

Any additional comments?

I will hold Pax and his boy Peter in my heart forever. This audiobook is merely a little over 5 hours long, yet, it managed to leave its imprint in my heart and memory. It's a rare thing when a book will do that to you. Diablomon!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great story,excellent performance

My two boys and I loved this story and could not put it down. It leaves the listener with much to ponder about how we treat each other and how we treat nature.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Not for kids!

Note: this is a review for parents... spoiler alert if you don't want too much information!!
Somehow from the description of this book I thought it would be a good listen for my 7 year old son. He was definitely drawn into the narrative and was really enjoying the story. But animals die mid-way, and the ending, while not a disaster, sent him into tears. Not as bad as Old Yeller, but you get the idea. A beautiful story. Just not for little kids!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Awwww... 🙁

This book is so sweet and sad!!! Wow. This book was amazing!!! All throughout the book I had a vision of him seeing Peter and running back into the woods, but wow! My favorite character was Vola. Totally recommend it to you. IT IS SO WORTH YOUR CREDIT!!!!! 😄

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Great audio read!

I listened to this audiobook with my 8 year old son while we traveled in the car over the holidays. He engaged with the characters in the story. By the end he wanted to know if there was a another book because he wants Pax's adventures to continue... 😀

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A new classic!

wrenched at heart strings...I want to read more about this young boy & his fox.

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Beautiful

This is a gem. Beautifully paced with some characters you won't forget. Beautifully read, just right. I personally would have liked two more chapters ... one final chapter from Pax, and another to tie up loose plot lines.

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  • SydSavvy
  • PARIS, TX, United States
  • 02-13-16

Wonderful

The world has a brand new come of age - Boy and his wild rescue story. Excellent writing, immersive world. Loved every second of it, don't let this one slip past you or the kids in your life.

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You can tell it is a good book from It's cover

If you could sum up Pax in three words, what would they be?

A different view of life through 4 eyes.

What did you like best about this story?

The determined boy and the adapting to the wild by the Fox. The Fox wants to find his boy but things happen along the way. The split view perspective of the boy and fox is where this book succeeds. .

Have you listened to any of Michael Curran-Dorsano’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not a previous listener.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The final seen with the boy and the fox and what would be my reaction to it if I was the boy.

Any additional comments?

You hear stories of people dumping animals out of their cars far from home. You feel for these incidents if you love and enjoy animals. It was really good to get a feel for what an animal might think when it is dumped off in the woods, especially were there is a close bond between the two of them.

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Dreary, exhausting, and not for little ears

This book is not suitable for young children, or any children at all. What could’ve been a sweet story about a boy and his fox was completely tarnished by “war” and adult concepts. I was weary just listening to it.