Friday, August 19, 2016
Pax, by Sara Pennypacker
Pennypacker, who I know better for her charming Clementine series, has created a unique and haunting book. Initially, it's a straightforward adventure, but more of an allegory about war in the end. I felt that the story was a bit dark for children and not entirely appropriate for the middle readers it is targeted towards (in much the same way that Watership Down got mischaracterized as a children's book). I enjoyed it, especially the chapters about Pax (who ultimately proves a more appealing protagonist than the boy) and the anti-war message is soft-pedaled but well-presented.