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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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Heartbreaking, but wonderful. ( )
  kemilyh1988 | Jan 16, 2017 |
Brigade to Terabithia is a chapter book that depicts the adventures of a boy and a girl as they create their own land of magic to escape their lives. I absolutely adore this book. For many student this book is the first time they are introduces to real life problem or hardships and have to understand what characters must be feeling in regard to complex emotions. One reason I love this book is because of the characters. The charters in this book are complex and offer complex emotions and family dynamics. I think it is such a wonderful book for children to start to understand how a persons family life shapes them into who they are. Another reason why I believe that this book is excellent because of the plot. This plot offers magic, mystery, adventure and sorrow. It has the magic and adventure to keep the kids interested yet offers such a plot twist at the end. This book is truly a work that can show children just how interesting reading can be.
  jessclark | Dec 14, 2016 |
winner of the 1978 Newberry Award. Back in the 70's in some backwoods place. A 10 year old boy makes friends with a new girl from the city. Together they imagine Terebithia, a magic place safe from all the problems of school, home and the world. Jess's world is torn down when Leslie dies one day going to Terebithia when he doesn't. He stands back up though and continues on and introduces his younger sister to Terebithia, after building a bridge over the river. This was a very evocative book. It really showed the pain of growing up, of being a kid, the inherent unfairness that is practiced among kids and it showed the freedom available if one puts forth the effort to take it. This was a fantastic book. One sentence stood out though It took them a long time to accept there what everyone could see by their TV's was OK anywhere else".[italics mine] It just made me realize how susceptible we humans are to having our reality defined by fiction. God spoke Truth. Satan spoke lies. Guess which we chose, and continue to choose? But this was a fantastic book. Definitely worth a hardcover buy." ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Story about two friends (Jesse and Leslie) who are bullied at school and create their own imaginary land, a sanctuary for themselves, that they call Terabithia. One day Leslie decides to use the rope swing to go to Terabithia without Jesse, and the rope swing breaks, and she drowns. Jesse is devastated by Leslie's death and to cope he build a memorial for Leslie within Terabithia. He choses to have his little sister to rule the magical land with him.
Could have a movie day after reading the book, although there may be some tears with Leslie's death.
Students could also write about friendship, creating friendship with people different than you and why friendships are important to us.
Students could also create and write a story about their "Terabithia" and create an illustration of this wonderful land.
  KButterfield | Dec 7, 2016 |
This book is about a boy who becomes friends with his new neighbor. He is an angry boy, but learns to let go of that anger after being around his new friend. They create an imaginary world together, but tragedy strikes at the end of the novel. i would use this book to teach about friendship as well as the power of imagination. This book would be a good one to use to teach about overcoming tragedy as well.
  Jordan.Francies | Dec 5, 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
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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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