Author(s): Sara Pennypacker; Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

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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. . . .


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National Book Award Longlist * New York Times Bestseller.
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.

'If you're likely to cry over sad stories, then you'll be done in over this one. But don't let that stop you. It's a beautiful story and one of determination and personal growth. I just loved it.' Kathleen, @ Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop. June 2018.

'Pax the book is like Pax the fox: half wild and wholly beautiful.' New York Times (Online)

'A heart wrenching masterpiece about the relationship between a boy and his fox' The Guardian (online)

'A touching story about a boy and his pet, as well as a depection of the devestating and often unseen consequences of war' Book Trust (online)

'A beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox.' Sainsbury's Entertainment (online)

'Every moment in the graceful, fluid narrative is believable ... Moving and poetic.' Kirkus (online)

Sara Pennypacker is the author of the award-winning, New York Times best-selling Clementine series, the novel 'Summer of the Gypsy Moths', and the picture books 'Pierre in Love', 'Sparrow Girl', and 'Meet the Dullards'. She lives in the US. You can visit her online at

Jon Klassen is a Canadian writer and illustrator of children's books and an animator. He won both the American Caldecott Medal and the British Kate Greenaway Medal for children's book illustration, recognizing the 2012 picture book 'This is Not My Hat'.

General Fields

  • : 9780008158286
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : HarperCollins
  • : September 2017
  • : 197mm X 140mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : December 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : English
  • : Jon Klassen
  • : 118
  • : Paperback
  • : Sara Pennypacker; Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
  • : 288
  • : [Fic]