The first thing that drew me to this book was the beautiful dust jacket (even the cover is beautiful too!). And the story lived up to that first impression. Pax by Sara Pennypacker is the middle grade story of a boy and his fox and it is a tearjerker from page one. Peter’s dad enlists in the military to partake in the impending war and forces Peter to abandon Pax, the fox he’s raised from a kit, in the woods. From there, both the boy and his fox embark on adventures that help them discover who they truly are. This book is a prime example of why I love children’s books. The writing is beautiful and, though written for children, is in no way dumbed down. Pennypacker explores themes of family dysfunction, love, grief and loss, and the costs of war. Her writing is beautiful and evocative, drawing you inside the bond between Peter and Pax. It’s also a quick and easy read – though almost 300 pages, I finished it in just a couple of days.