2016 National Book Award Longlist, Young People's Literature
Sara Pennypacker & Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
(Balzer & Bray / HarperCollins)
National Book Foundation: Who did you write this book for?
Sara Pennypacker: Until you asked, I hadn’t realized that I had a very specific reader in mind.
The Cuban Missile Crisis occurred in October of the year I turned eleven. For the first time, I wondered what war might mean for my family, my home, my patch of woods. The woods were important to me in those days: before I became a teenager, I spent a lot of my free time sitting perfectly still in forts of pine boughs, watching wildlife and hoping that some animal would sense a kindred spirit and approach. Most often I imagined befriending a fawn—I had read The Yearling—but a fox would have been welcome.
Pax would have been the perfect book for my eleven-year-old self.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
About the Author
Sara Pennypacker is the author of seventeen children's books, including the New York Times best-selling Clementine series; Summer of the Gypsy Moths; Pierre in Love; Sparrow Girl; and The Amazing World of Stuart. She has also contributed four books to the Flat Stanley series.
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