Pax by Sara Pennypacker

“You going back for your home or for your pet?”
“They’re the same thing.”

Now, this book may be sitting and waiting to be picked up in the children’s section of any bookshop but it sure isn’t a book for children.

Synopsis

Pax was only a kit when his family was killed, and “his boy” Peter rescued him from abandonment and certain death. Now the war front approaches, and when Peter’s father enlists, Peter has to move in with his grandpa. Far worse than being forced to leave home is the fact that Pax can’t go. Peter listens to his stern father—as he usually does—and throws Pax’s favourite toy soldier into the woods. When the fox runs to retrieve it, Peter and his dad get back in the car and leave him there—alone. But before Peter makes it through even one night under his grandfather’s roof, regret and duty spur him to action; he packs for a trek to get his best friend back and sneaks into the night. This is the story of Peter, Pax, and their independent struggles to return to one another against all odds. Told from the alternating viewpoints of Peter and Pax.

From Goodreads

 

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Pax published by HarperCollins (2016)

 

The story is about a boy who needs to leave his pet fox behind because his father says so. The narrative presents two perspectives: the boy’s and the fox’s. Pax, the fox, loves ‘his boy’ more than he loves himself and so does Peter, the boy. The only difference is that only one of the two realises it first.

That can’t end up well, can it?

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How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

“Every war has turning points and every person too.”

If you have watched the film, you know what this book is about: young people dealing with the consequences of war and the actions of those around them. It’s a heart-breaking story of a very unfortunate girl who is caught in the middle of a terrible situation and how she manages to survive through it all.

Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from America to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. And the next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy. Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.

From Goodreads

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How I Live Now published by Penguin Books (2006)

 

Just like “The Catcher in the Rye”, this book might not please everyone due to its unusual aesthetic features such as the lack of commas, long sentences and the way the dialogues are spread throughout the text. However, it is perfect in the surprisingly easy way the reader can know who is speaking and, at the same time, recognize when the narration has continued without ever having to think twice about it.

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