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Bridge to Teribithia (original 1977; edition 2007)

by Katherine Paterson; Illustrator-Donna Diamond

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Title:Bridge to Teribithia
Authors:Katherine Paterson; Illustrator-Donna Diamond
Info:HarperEntertainment (2007), Paperback
Collections:Your library
Tags:verry sad, magical, death, very good frendship

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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1977)

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Disclaimer: I’ve never seen the movie, but I was aware of the most significant plot point going in to this book. I still think the book is incredibly emotional and powerful, so even if you’ve seen the movie or you know the plot, I think you should read this book.

Also, from what I can tell from movie trailers (I’ve no desire to watch the movie), there’s a big fantasy element in there that really isn’t found in the book. Yes, Jess and Leslie create a magical world named Terabithia and they go there to hang out, but this isn’t a fantasy novel. If you’re looking for middle-grade fantasy, Terabithia is not the place to find it.

It is, however, the place to find FEELS.

Jess is the sort of kid that you feel for, even before his blossoming friendship with Leslie. He can’t seem to catch a break, but he doesn’t let himself get too down about it. He has a semi-secret passion for drawing – his father would see it as weak and his classmates at school would tease him, but he continues to draw and imagine what he would draw despite all that. Leslie has pluck and she’s incredibly intelligent and does a little gender-bending given that the book is set in the 1970s.

There are not a lot of pages in this book, so I feel a little constrained in regards to what I say because really you should just read this book (AND FEEL THE FEELS) for yourself, if you haven’t yet. I don’t know why I didn’t pick it up sooner, honestly. This is easily one of my top middle-grade books and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a contemporary tale of friendship and loss. Also, my cover is gorgeous. ( )
1 vote MillieHennessy | May 9, 2017 |
This is a great book about two young children with a bright imagination. The children struggled in day to day life but when they were in their fantasy land all of their problems went away. The children grew as individuals and learned many lessons. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It has a good story line and very touching. ( )
  a.newsom | May 1, 2017 |
I liked the book Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson for two main reasons. The first reason that I liked this book is because of the characters. Paterson builds the two main characters, Jess and Leslie, up very well. This allows the reader to connect and relate to them while escaping into the fictionary world of Terabithia. In addition, Janice, the bully of the story is portrayed as a mean character in the beginning of the story. However, later in the book, the reader finds out the reason behind her actions. Janice comes from a household where her father beats her up. This leads to the reader having sympathy for Janice. In all, the author created well-rounded characters in her book that allows the reader to get a deeper understanding of them.

The second reason that I liked this book is because of the underlying themes. There are many themes in this book, but the main themes are of friendship and courage. Jess and Leslie are the two main characters in this book. In their school, Jess and Leslie are both looked at as outcasts. Because of this, they create an inseparable bond that eludes a true friendship of strength and encouragement. Within their friendship, there is courage. They show courage when they decide to comfort the class bull and standing up for each other. However, the biggest act of courage happens when Leslie dies and Jess has to cope with this loss. ( )
  koreil6 | Apr 30, 2017 |
This book is about Jess, a boy who is very creative and imaginative. He is unconfident and bullied until he meets a new student: Leslie. Together, they create this world of Terabithia with their imagination as a way of escaping the real world. The two thrive in the world, and use it to deal with their real life struggles. After Leslie's untimely death, Jess allows his younger sister to go to Terabithia, and Jess is able to open up his imagination to honor Leslie and their friendship.

I remember reading this book and being able to relate to Jess. I remember in elementary school and not knowing my place. It was difficult to me to relate to others, and make friends. My imagination always helped to thrive and make friends.

I would use reading groups to go through this book. I would ask questions about friendships and highlight how Leslie's friendship made Jesse confident in his drawing. I would emphasize how it's okay need help when making friends, and if you're good at something, you should share it with the world.
  meygyn11 | Apr 22, 2017 |
Welcome to a world of the unimaginable. Jessie is a child who is bullied in school that is until Leslie comes around. The next step in their friendship leads to walking across a bridge and building a world in which they are the top of the chain. The imagination of these two children brings a new adventure and a new friendship that will unfold rapidly.
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This is one of my all-time favorite books. I remember reading it for a book report in fifth grade and the book even made me cry. While at times the book can be a little dry the adventure that goes with it is effect.
1. Ask the children to write a story about how them and their best friend spend time together
2. Have the children draw their perfect world ( )
  caitlynf | Apr 22, 2017 |
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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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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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