This morning, my daughter and I had the pleasure of meeting New York Times bestselling author Sara Pennypacker and hearing her speak. She shared what it is like to be a writer, “the best job in the world,” and a little about her books. While she talked about many of her books, she primarily focused on Pax. If you have not read Pax yet, I suggest you drop what you’re doing and run to your nearest library or bookstore. Pax is the incredible story of a 12 year old boy named Peter and his pet fox, Pax. Peter is forced to release Pax into the wild, as his father has enlisted in the army and he is being sent to live with his grandfather. Not even a day goes by before Peter realizes he can’t live with the mistake of letting his beloved fox go, so he sets off on a journey to find him. Told from the alternating perspectives of both Peter and Pax, this story will affect anyone who has felt a strong bond with their pet.
Sara also had a strong message to share about the importance of children’s books that deal with difficult topics. She eloquently stated that books are practice for real life, and what better way for children to practice dealing with difficult situations than through books? I couldn’t agree with her more! If you would like more info about Sara, you can visit her website www.sarapennypacker.com.
This Young Readers’ Literary Breakfast was put on by my favorite independent bookstore, Where the Sidewalk Ends, located in Chatham, MA. Visit www.booksonthecape.com for more information about this charming store.