11.13.17 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #PAX by Sara Pennypacker

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week


the titles we are currently reading.}

This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

This week’s soundtrack:

Explosions in the Sky is one of my favorite bands to listen to while working and reading. We’ll see if you agree.

From IndieBound:


National Book Award Longlist * New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year

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. . . .

I need to confess: I didn’t want to read this book.

I’ve had it recommended to me.

I like the cover–why doesn’t love Jon Klassen illustrations?

But a story… told from the point of view of a fox? It sounded too much like a childish Disney tale.

Yet, for some reason, when one of my colleagues delivered it to my desk, I put it in my bag and brought it home… and started reading anyway.

It took about five pages to grip me, and it didn’t let go. This was far more than a cute animal tale. It was deep and serious–I wasn’t ready for that.

Both the fox’s and Peter’s chapters were mesmerizing. Maybe that it was told from third person POV instead of first helped. Peter’s interactions with Vola, a woman he meets on his journey, were my favorite. She had many words of wisdom to share, but not in a preachy way. She was soft spoken and truthful.

After finishing, I did a little more research about the author and the book. It was cool to learn about the research she did to learn about the mannerisms of foxes. Even in a fiction book, it’s important to make sure it’s accurate. You can learn more by listening to the show below.

Check out this radio segment about Pax from NPR. Tap to listen:




Did you catch my
this past week?

If my daughter can get it back from a friend she lent it to…




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