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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Searingly honest and heartbreakingly lovely, Pax is, quite simply, a masterpiece.”

    Katherine Applegate, Newbery Award–winning author

  • “Pennypacker’s elegant language and insight into human nature spin a fable extolling empathy above all.”


  • Pax the book is like Pax the fox: half wild and wholly beautiful.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[An] arresting novel, at once a wilderness adventure about survival and a philosophical foray into big questions.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[A] graceful but haunting story of boy and fox—their relationship set against man-made chaos.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “Pennypacker’s expert, evenhanded storytelling reveals stunning depth in a relatively small package.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A tale of survival, intrinsic connection, and redemption… Alternating chapters from the perspectives of boy and fox are perfectly paced and complementary…Every moment in the graceful, fluid narrative is believable…Moving and poetic.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A viscerally affecting story of war, loss, and the power of friendship. Pennypacker…here displays not only her formidable writing skills and a willingness to stretch her storytelling into increasingly complex narrative forms but also her ability to tackle dark and weighty themes with sensitivity and respect for the child reader…Pennypacker doesn’t shy away from some of the more realistic aspects of war, though she keeps most of the violence slightly off-screen.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Narrator Michael Curran–Dorsano recounts their parallel journeys…[and] renders Vola’s outward harshness and underlying caring. This haunting story about war, sacrifice, and survival has action as well. Curran–Dorsano’s pacing quickens into breathlessness in these scenes as he gives them the same fullness he brings to his characterizations. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
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