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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

AR Level: 5.3
AR Points: 8.0
AR Quiz Number: 179541
Lexile Level: 760
Page Count: 276

Tomorrow the Newbery Awards winners for 2017 are announced and Pax, by Sara Pennypacker has been getting award buzz all year long. I was immediately drawn to this book by its cover, which features the work of one of my favorite illustrators, Jon Klassen. Let's be real, people judge books by their covers, and having an illustrating phoneme like Klassen on your cover certainly doesn't hurt your sales and circulation.

The story of Pax is told in a dual nature, with one chapter following the young boy protagonist (Peter), and the next chapter told through the eyes of his pet fox, Pax. The two were separated by the boy's father and grandfather during a time when war is sweeping the countryside. Over the course of the novel, they work to reunite and struggle with the confusion of abandonment and the effects of the war.

I know I am going to sound like the odd man out on this one, but I had a difficult time getting into this book. I am not sure if it was the pacing of it, or perhaps I was just in a book hangover from all of the other recent reads I had just come off of, either way I really had to push my way through this book. Maybe I am just so extremely goal focused that a plot that involves a character stalling out on his journey for an extended period of time just makes me impatient. Who knows?

Without giving too much away, I did really appreciate the ending (with sort of a sad acceptance) and I have been recommending this read to my students. They must enjoy it because it is always checked out (happy librarian!).

What are your thoughts on this one? Is it your Newbery pick?

For more information on Pax, check out the website below.