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Pax: Journey Home

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Boy and fox struggle, heal in gripping, heart-filled sequel.

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This captivating tale of triumph in a deeply flawed world honors the struggle to deal with the catastrophic damage you've suffered and find healing. And it's enriched with illustrations by Jon Klassen that bring the characters, their world, and their emotions to life. Author Sara Pennypacker's Pax, wasn't meant to have a sequel, but, she says, the characters wouldn't let her go -- and that's a good thing. Readers of Pax: Journey Home will be gripped by Peter's emotional turmoil, the perils facing Pax and his family, the challenges of rebuilding a world torn apart by senseless violence -- and the characters they meet along the way.

"'Going to start living on your own. By yourself. Nobody to care about, nobody caring about you, right? No one else will get in,' she said...

"Peter didn't answer. Of course he thought that. That was exactly what he wanted to happen.

"'But it doesn't work that way. That won't make you safe. It will kill you... No, you won't stop breathing or anything like that, but you'll stop living, in ways that are important, anyway...

"'Besides,' Jade said, 'good luck with that. Someone will get in. A little sliver of caring. The tiniest crack in your shell is all it takes You won't even see it coming."

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