by Sara Pennypacker (Author)

New York Times Bestseller * National Book Award Longlist 

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. . . .

Pax is a wonderful choice for independent reading, sharing in the classroom, homeschooling, and book groups.

Plus, don't miss Pax, Journey Home, the sequel to the award-winning and modern classic Pax.

Journey alongside Pax, a young fox, and Peter, a twelve-year-old boy, in "Pax" by Sara Pennypacker, a captivating tale of friendship, loyalty, and the unbreakable bond between a boy and his pet.

When Peter's father enlists for military service, he reluctantly parts with Pax, sending him to live with a family friend in the countryside. Yet, Peter cannot bear the separation and embarks on a perilous journey to reunite with his beloved fox.

As Peter navigates the wilderness, he encounters various challenges and unexpected encounters with wildlife, learning valuable lessons about survival, compassion, and the interconnectedness of all living beings.

Meanwhile, Pax faces his own set of trials as he adapts to his new surroundings and grapples with the longing for his human companion. The fox's journey mirrors Peter's, as both struggle to find their way back to each other.

"Pax" is an emotionally charged and beautifully crafted story that explores themes of family, friendship, and the power of love to overcome adversity. With vivid imagery and heart-wrenching moments, Pennypacker weaves a tale that resonates with readers of all ages.

Get lost in the pages of "Pax" and embark on an unforgettable journey of resilience, hope, and the unyielding bond between a boy and his fox.


272 pages