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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
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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 (Author) (1977)

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i saw the movie it was good ( )
  Shazarah | Feb 6, 2016 |
10-year-old Jess is the middle child and only boy in his family of four sisters, a harried mother, and a distant father, none of whom realize or appreciate his fears and hopes. He finds a kindred spirit in Leslie, the new neighbor girl who brings out Jess’ positive, exciting side. Together they create Terabithia, a pretend kingdom and hang out together. But Leslie drowns while visiting Terabithia and Jess must cope with the loss of his friend.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I chose the audio Bridge To Teribithia...and...
I was quite surprised to find the depth of this tale in theme and symbol.
I had no preknowledge of the tale other than: it was a banned book and subject to frequent censorship for a variety of reasons.

I would suggest the read to a more mature young reader.
An immature one might be disturbed or let's say less appreciative of the dimensions of deeper themes such as death and grief.
I found Leslie Burke a gifted outgoing tomboy and the perfect friend to help Jesse face his times of fear, anger and depression.
Likewise, he was a complement to her.

Although written nearly 40 years ago, I thought it still relevant today.
Jesse's devastation and movement through the stages of grief are painful to read but the strength and the courage he develops
are worthy of note.
Faced with the choice of returning to his fear and insecurity (pre-Leslie) or moving on with his own "newfound sense of self",
he was able to move forward with a strength and vision that Leslie would have praised.

Let's not forget the gaiety of the fantasy kingdom of Teribithia and the guardian and court jester (the puppy, Prince Terrien).

What a read!!!!!

NOTE: "The inspiration for the novel draws from a tragic event in Paterson's life: on August 14, 1974, Lisa Christina Hill, the best friend of Paterson's son David, was struck by lightning at a beach in Delaware called Bethany Beach, and died. Lisa was 8 years old." ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 29, 2016 |
A sweet read for young and old alike. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 22, 2016 |
A sweet read for young and old alike. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 22, 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.

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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0064401847, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:50 -0400)

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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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