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Spring 2016 Fiction
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Sara Pennypacker
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 978-0-06-2377012
Hardcover Price: $16.99

When Peter's father enlists in the military to fight in the local unnamed war, he takes Peter and his pet fox, Pax, out into the countryside to release Pax to the wild. Peter throws the little fox's favorite toy, a plastic soldier, as far as he can for Pax to chase while his father drives the car away. Peter, who quickly realizes the depth of his betrayal of the fox whom he has raised from a kit, is grief-stricken. After being delivered to his grandfather's house three hundred miles away, Peter runs away across the war-torn countryside to find and save Pax.

Told from the alternating perspective of both Peter and Pax, the author explores the confusion, hurt, and ingenuity of Pax, making the reader empathize with and admire a little fox. Peter, who injures his leg during his cross-country trek, is rescued by an independent, isolated woman. His slow recovery gives Pax the time he needs to learn to survive. This is a fine, compelling survival story of a boy who sets out to redeem his betrayal of a beloved animal.

Kemie Nix   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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