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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
Rating:*****
Tags:verry sad, magical, death, very good frendship

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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1977)

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bridge to Teribithia is about a little boy ( Jessie) who feels lonely and bullied, a new neighbor girl moves in and they become friends, they go on many adventures out to the woods and create their own world with their imagination. One day Leslie decides to go across the river alone and falls into the creek and hit her head. When Jesse finds out he she passed away his world falls apart but he realized life will go on and he can stay happy. I like this story because it shows anything can happen but life still goes on and you still need to find yourself. This is a contemporary fiction book because it uses a real life setting.An extension class room idea could be for children to learn they are who they are and not to bully.
  lexiedelg | Mar 26, 2017 |
This book is a great read for older grade level children. It is a fiction book about a imaginary land made up by a boy named jess and a girl named Leslie. The two make up the land of terabithia to escape their problems in their home life. As the two are growing closer in friendship a great tragedy happens and Leslie is lost forever. The real story is what happens when Leslie is gone and jess is left with terabithia all alone. This book has great descriptive writing to teach kids how to make their own writing more vivid and developed. ( )
  Diana.Vigil | Mar 9, 2017 |
Wonderful story of friendship and courage, loss, and helping others. ( )
  deldevries | Mar 8, 2017 |
Jess becomes best friends with the new girl, Leslie, who has moved into an old house nearby. She's smart, him, not so much. Her family has money, his doesn't. But they latch onto each other like destiny meant for them to be together. They create their own secret place in the woods nearby and name it the kingdom of Terabithia. Nobody knows about it but them.

A constant theme in the book is courage. Jess wants to be brave and courageous, but feels he isn't really, while Leslie seems to have courage to spare.

It is difficult to say much more without dropping major spoilers. It is a brilliant, though very sad, book. ( )
  fingerpost | Mar 7, 2017 |
In the book "Bridge to Terabithia", two young students become friends after the girl, Leslie moves in next to the boy, Jesse. They begin to hangout and find out things about each other, especially that Leslie's father beats her while she is home. These two characters often hangout after school in the forest behind their houses that they imagine to be a magical forest kingdom that they name Terabithia. This is a "getaway" from their home lives and although it does not last long, the two friends become instant best friends and help each other through hard times. Leslie decides one day to go to the magical forest kingdom on her own and ends up drowning when the rope to cross the water breaks. After the funeral, Jesse decides to make a more permanent bridge across the water and make his younger sister the princess of Terabithia. ( )
  LaurenToth | Mar 7, 2017 |
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This book is a great read for older grade level children. It is a fiction book about a imaginary land made up by a boy named jess and a girl named Leslie. The two make up the land of terabithia to escape their problems in their home life. As the two are growing closer in friendship a great tragedy happens and Leslie is lost forever. The real story is what happens when Leslie is gone and jess is left with terabithia all alone. This book has great descriptive writing to teach kids how to make their own writing more vivid and developed
 
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.

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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.

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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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