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Targeted at the 8 – 12 year old group, Sara Pennypacker’s recent novel “Pax” is a book that carries universal truths and one that will touch readers of any age. Illustrated by Jon Klassen, the pen and ink drawings contained in the book enhance the story, strengthening the overall impact of the passages associated with each specific t in an unidentified country during an unspecified time, “Pax” serves to remind readers that battle and destruction may affect anyone – or anything. Twelve-year old Peter has cared for his pet fox, “Pax”, for five years. Orphaned as a kit, “Pax” is now as domesticated as any wild animal can be; he has never had to survive in the wild. “…distrust is no match for kindness administered consistently and unmeasured …”Having enlisted in the army, Peter’s father takes his son to live with his grandfather and demands that Peter release “Pax” back into the wild. Knowing Peter would not abandon him “Pax” waits patiently for his return. “…Pax would stay …ignore all temptations …until his boy came for him …” Haunted by his belief he has betrayed “Pax”, Peter leaves his grandfather’s home to recover his pet. A broken leg, an encounter with an amputee-veteran whose unnamed battle occurred twenty years previously, and a realization – by both Peter and “Pax” – that each must be real to his own nature creates an emotional, poignant story that will touch your heart.Writing in the third person voice, Sara Pennypacker alternates the focus of “Pax” between developments affecting Peter and those in which “Pax” learns what it is to be a fox. Each chapter remains real to the focal character. In Peter’s, the reader learns about his life and his past. "…if he could visit the kind-eyed therapist, he’s smash those toy vehicles …Just to create everybody see …” The reader also watches Peter grow in his understanding of himself and of others. Talking to his benefactor about her battle experience, Peter empathizes with her emotional state and begins to formulate a plan that will free her from her self-imposed exile. In Pax’s chapters, the narrative does not humanize the animals but remains realistic when it info the actions and responses to their surroundings. By Sara Pennypacker doing so, those portions of the narrative seems less fictitious and more like an appealing nature doentary. In both characters’ chapters, the horrors and the impact of battle overshadow the of Jon Klassen’s drawings, shown on pages 164 and 165, is quite memorable. The shadowing and use of contrasting white ”rain” versus the darker background drawing is the strongest in terms of atmosphere and locale.“Pax” is a novel that will touch your heart. It is suitable for the target age group as well as anyone who loves an outstanding story. I recommend that parents or grandparents read “Pax” before sharing it with younger, advanced readers or with those in the target age group who may be very sensitive.
It has been a long wait. I love the series. I didn't love this book, though, which is why it got a 4-star "like." The story line is cute, and I've loved the other Demon Hunter books. However, this e-book was short (much of the "end" was advertising -- at 89% read, you're actually done) and the ending was really rushed. It was like, "What? That's the END?" Another chapter was warranted. I look forward to more Demon Hunter books from Julie Kenner and hope the next one is a solid 300+ pages-- a true read, not just a taste.
4 stars for the story, 3 for the ending. As much as I love this series, I was rather disappointed with the rushed ending and all the unanswered questions. At 90% the book abruptly ends and the rest is filler promoting her other books. I hope she continues with this series as it's become a favorite of mine, but puts more effort into the next one.
That's the issue with reading a series- eventually you come to the end of the published books. Then you learn patience waiting for the next book. This series could end with this book and I would feel like the author had done a amazing job of letting the characters grow and expand, pulling us into their world, yet ending it all on a hopeful note. This book seemed faster paced, but there was a lot of ground to cover. I'd rather a book be a small hectic than long and drawn out. I'm going to miss these characters though. I've been living in their globe for the past several days (since I discovered book #1). Julie Kenner has written several other series. She did such a amazing job with the Demon Hunting Soccer Mom books that I can't wait to see what her other works are like! You definitely need to read this series!!!
Well that was wait five years for the next installment of a series and what you are given is a one hundred’ish page eBook, followed by ten or so pages of the authors book catalog, that felt more like a rush job to finish an obligation than a long awaited addition to a fun series.I understand that Julie Kenner has other commitments. That her other series have more notoriety and publisher backing, but the Demon Hunting Soccer Mom books started out amazing and seem to have been forgotten. They were fun summer reads that had the readers both laughing and grossed out at the same is book, which I am assuming is the final since so small effort was place into it, did not go anywhere or enhance the storyline in anyway. Backstories about Kate’s life, which had just become known, could have been expanded. Since her demon hunting past has finally come out to her second husband, this could have been rounded out. But no, you have Kate and family heading to Rome, to visit her childhood haunts only to be attacked by demons searching for a key that was hidden in such an obvious method that the reader knew of its zone on the same page that it had been introduced. All leading up to the gates of Hell opening and only the blood of one person could close them again. Once again, kind of obvious and lame.Overall, this was a weak book or ending to this series.
She writes amazing books, amazing characters, has amazing imagination in more genres than I can count. I honestly can't think of a person I know I can't recommend a J Kenner book for. Having a poor day, pick up J K and she'll have me in Cali kicking demon butt and laughing all the method in no time! What can I say, you hold writing them, and I'll hold reading them!
I want I could give this book five stars but it wasn't as amazing as it should have been. Julie Kenner waited too long between books, I think. The five books before this one are very good. They're humorous, the war scenes are interesting and the mother is not a excellent e issue with Pax Demonica is that it felt awkward, like people getting to know each other again. The huge war stage wasn't huge at all and it should have been epic as in the other books.
It has been years since I read the other books in this series. I found this book by accident and was excited to see that there was another book in the series. When I first read this series I was a mom with a toddler so I could really relate. This book just did not have the same impact as the rest of the series. It felt rushed and was method too short. There were so a lot of loose ends. The family travel back to Italy to see where Kate grew up and learn more about her demon hunting roots. Along the method they have demons who are helping them but also trying to slay them. They have something that others wish but they have no idea what it is. I was disappointed with this book but I still enjoyed the series.
I love this series and hope there are more books. This was another excellent, if too short adventure. Thank you very much to all the reviews who posted that the book was more of a short story with a bibliography of Julie Kenner's books at the end. I'd really like another installment, but I doubt Ms. Kenner will write one.Why did Kate take Stuart back? He abandoned her when she most required him. She should be done with him. I'm not a fan of Stuart, Eric has his issues, but he's a better fit for her than Stuart. And the situation with Allie? Seriously?
Well, I guess I'm a small disappointed. I really loved the other books in the series. This one was really short -- probably novella length rather than novel length (but they charged full price for it), and the first half was incredibly boring. Once they stopped the tour of Rome it picked up quickly. I have to say, though, her protagonist was beautiful stupid not to figure out where the thing the demons wanted was hidden, since it was obvious from the beginning. I did like the ending, but I'm going to be leary of buying other books in the series unless I know they're actually novel-length.
Book number six in a series of six books. I have no idea if there will be more books in the series but I doubt it.OK, the well is dry, time for Ms. Kenner to move on to a fresh well. The book read easily but a couple of stuff really bothered me. So I down rated the book by a star. Others might not do so.
While exploring the Port Townsend boatyard, I casually commented to the woman working on a very curvy small boat that her maintenance efforts were true work. Her response - “it’s a labor of love. That delightful small statement was just the hint of this unbelievable story of love, discovery and dogged it and smile!
Finding PAX combines three of my favorite things: history, boats, and joining people together. As author Kaci Cronkhite weaves together the history of a wooden boat that steals her heart, she also manages to solve a few family mysteries along the way. I recommend this book for all sailors, even those who stick to fiberglass.
All fellow PAX nerd's must ThIs is a PAX must can plan your panel's and set them on a schedule that contains a choice to have a reminder in 15 min increments of your so there is a checklist that you can tag off as you go of various exhbits and such that you wish to see.Easy to obtain around the is is so much easier to look through this then that huge ere is beautiful much everything you need The map is great.
Studied with this application for 2 weeks and passed my exam yesterday!! :) The math section helped a lot. Science and verbal ability not so much. The questions on the try were completely various subjects than what's on this app. I would recommend a various study source for those but the math section on here is perfect :)
I bought the Kindle ver to take & read on vacation however, I created the mistake of “reading a few pages” before we actually left. Before I knew it, I was halfway thru the book the same night. It sucked me in!! I had no knowledge of the wooden boat community & it was fun to watch Kaci chase the history of her boat.
A touching story of a woman's passion for a boat and all its previous owners. The author researched the boat's history and found its past owners and their families. A various angle to maritime history. Lots of pictures are included to enhance the narrative. Thanks to. NetGalley for the advance copy.
Did what I required it to do! Only issue I had with it was that it kept resetting the notifications tick box back on, maybe after an modernize or something. I wouldn't message until I got a notification and had to go in and turn it back off again. Which was annoying for the two days I wasn't at the con.
This application could be amazing if it's updated for the current year and fresh events. Based on reviews, seems like latest year was a success. However it's poor when the link for the mobile application from the PAX website directs you to an out of date product.
I know Kaci Cronkhite from the Wooden Boat Festival in Pt. Townsend, and I have been on her lovely boat, ‘Pax.’ This book sees the reader through the different stages of buying an "old wooden boat." Knowing nothing about it’s former owners, and having a curiosity about where they are and what they were up to, she began to research it's history. Her investigation is quite unbelievable - the description is clear and well written.I have been involved with the same kind of an ownership history project with our boat. Though my book is not as fascinating, the former owners are all amazing people who took care of her and had fascinating stores about cruising in Puget Sound. Kaci's investigation took her to Denmark three times where she found very interesting information. This book is the doentation of it’s history. This book is thoughtful and well-written. It was so nice to read and feel the same sorts of questions/dilemmas that I have felt during my investigation. It was simple reading and so memorable - it was a amazing read!Now a visit to the Pax will have a whole fresh meaning for me!!
Review by Carolyn B. Leonard 2019I don’t even like boats or the sea or sailing, but I loved this story about a special eighty-year-old Danish-built wooden sail boat called a Spidsgatter, and the woman who became entranced with discovering the history of the little curvy craft.I met Kaci Cronkhite at a book fest in Enid, Oklahoma, and bought the book for my son, but I discovered you can’t just look it over. The loose, airy design draws you in and the author’s captivating writing style sweeps you along like an ocean tide. Beautifully crafted, finely illustrated, and well edited, this book reads like an exciting detective story that keeps you turning the pages to meet the author’s intriguing characters as she travels the globe searching remote locales to search historic doents and fleeting glimpses of Pax’s past — but always leading to another unsolved mystery. On the method you will effortlessly learn fresh words and terms for sailing and festivals in honor of this particular type of wooden boat celebrated around the globe for almost a e passion, expertise, and detail displayed by the author is impressive; her descriptions are vivid, e.g.: “Dense fog hung in the inlet, and hand-sized maple leaves filled the ditches and lay like gloves on the road,” and “The intensity of a changing season and the short days matched my pace.”The book is divided into five parts with fourteen chapters, complete appendices and nding Pax is an perfect fairly fast read to inspire you to follow your own dreams, whatever they may be.
Before I read Finding Pax, I knew very small about wooden boat culture (even though I am fortunate to live in Port Townsend, where this story begins), and was bewildered by the obsession that drives so a lot of people to devote their lives to this craft. Although it is simple to admire the beauty and craftsmanship of each boat, there is something more to it than that. Kaci Cronkhite skillfully leads the reader into the globe of wooden boats, so that shortly into the book, I could fully understand her passion, and became immersed in the pages straight through. Her chronicle of unravelling the history of Pax reads like a detective story, full of intriguing characters, travel to remote locales, historic doents and still unsolved mysteries. Combined with historic images and a www service that helps to learn more, Finding Pax is an perfect fast read to inspire your own dreams.