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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia (original 1977; edition 1987)

by Katherine Paterson

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Title:Bridge to Terabithia
Authors:Katherine Paterson
Info:HarperTrophy (1987), Edition: Reissue, Paperback
Collections:Your library, Books I have read, Owned - Physical
Tags:death, virginia, young adult, fiction, newbery award, 1-b, 2-own-parents, 3-read

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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1977)

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This book is about love and friendship.
  KNealy20 | Oct 25, 2016 |
Bridge to Terabithia is about two children who are unlikely to become friends. However, when they do, they create this magical world out in the woods until one day, something terrible happens.

Personal Reaction:
This is such a good book but so sad at the same time. It really shows people about being friends with the most unlikely of people.

Classroom Extension:
1.) We can have a movie day where the kids get to watch it after reading the book.

2.) They can write about a time the became friends with the most unlikely of person.

3.) We can create our own Terabithia where adventures arise and we learn something new everyday.
  t.smith12 | Oct 18, 2016 |
This is a book that shows great imagination in children. It's a new year for Jess and he wants to be the fastest runner in fifth grade but when Leslie moves to town, she ends up out running all of the boys. He is not fond of Leslie because of this but they slowly become friends and come up with a place to escape reality called Terabithia. When Jess and Leslie plan to go to Terabithia one day together, Jess decides to tag along with his teacher who he has a crush on. Leslie still ventures off and an accident occurs while swinging on the rope over the river to get to Terabithia. Jess has a hard time coping with the loss of his friend and he has to get by with the help of his family. Jess eventually brings his little sister, May Belle to Terabithia using the bridge he had built to now get across and she is crowned as the new queen.
This is a great story with many life lessons to go along with it. An activity I would do with my students would be to come up with their own "Terabithia" describing everything about it and what it would look like. ( )
  Ashley.Setzekorn | Oct 17, 2016 |
Great book! This realistic fiction book will be easy for many students to relate to. The book encourages true friendships and the courage to overcome difficult days and unfortunate events. ( )
  morgansmith32 | Oct 10, 2016 |
"We need a place," she said, "just for us. It would be so secret that we would never tell anyone in the whole world about it." Jess came swinging back and dragged his feet to stop. She lowered her voice almost to a whisper. "It might be a whole secret country," she continued, "and you and I would be the rulers of it." this quote sums up the whole book. Terabithia is a place created by Leslie and Jess. They wanted a place of their own, somewhere where no one knew they were. Somewhere they could call home. Leslie and Jess create a friendship and a magical land all in one. Leslie and Jess show the readers that learning from each other is important and when the chances are given take them without blinking. ( )
  JennaHall | Oct 3, 2016 |
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Valerie O. Patterson (Children's Literature)
Jesse Oliver Aarons, Jr. practices all summer so that he can be the fastest runner in his rural Virginia fifth-grade class. Despite his practice, however, he loses the race on the first day of school to Leslie Burke, the new girl in school whose hippy parents have moved from Washington, DC. Despite Jesse’s lost running dream, he becomes fast friends with Leslie. Together they build the imaginary kingdom of Terabitia in the woods. To Jesse, Leslie is “more than his friend. She was his other more exciting self--his way to Terabithia and all the worlds beyond.” When Jesse’s favorite teacher takes him to see the art museums in Washington one rainy day, he returns home to find his world permanently changed by tragedy--Leslie’s death. Despite his heartache, Jesse moves forward, a stronger and more whole individual for his friendship with Leslie. Written by the author for her then young son whose best friend was killed by lightning, this Newbery Medal winner moves the heart and spirit with its beautiful writing, wrenching honesty, and hopeful ending. 2005 (orig. 1977), HarperCollins, $5.99. Ages 9 to 12.
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I wrote this book
for my son
David Lord Paterson,
but after he read it
he asked me to put Lisa's name
on this page as well,
and so I do.


David Paterson and Lisa Hill,

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Bridge to Terabithia is a work of children's literature about two lonely children who create a magical forest kingdom. Paterson drew inspiration for the novel from a real event that occurred in August 1974 when a friend of Paterson's son was struck by lightning and killed. It is the story of fifth grader Jess Aarons, who becomes friends with his new neighbour Leslie Burke. After meeting Leslie, Jess is transformed. He becomes courageous and learns to let go of his frustration.
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The story starts out simply enough: Jess Aarons wants to be the fastest boy in the fifth grade--he wants it so bad he can taste it. He's been practicing all summer, running in the fields around his farmhouse until he collapses in a sweat. Then a tomboy named Leslie Burke moves into the farmhouse next door and changes his life forever. Not only does Leslie not look or act like any girls Jess knows, but she also turns out to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. After getting over the shock and humiliation of being beaten by a girl, Jess begins to think Leslie might be okay.

Despite their superficial differences, it's clear that Jess and Leslie are soul mates. The two create a secret kingdom in the woods named Terabithia, where the only way to get into the castle is by swinging out over a gully on an enchanted rope. Here they reign as king and queen, fighting off imaginary giants and the walking dead, sharing stories and dreams, and plotting against the schoolmates who tease them. Jess and Leslie find solace in the sanctuary of Terabithia until a tragedy strikes and the two are separated forever. In a style that is both plain and powerful, Katherine Paterson's characters will stir your heart and put a lump in your throat.

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The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.

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