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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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“Bridge to Terabithia” is an incredibly moving story, and I liked it very much for two important reasons. First of all, I really appreciate the complexities of Jess’s character, which were most evident after the death of Leslie. He felt anger, sadness, and even like it was done to him by Leslie. His reaction to this horrible news felt very real to me, very human. Even though the story was told in third person, the reader gains really intimate insight into Jess’s emotions and thoughts. I also liked how each section was given a name that represented the following parts. It was like a little peak into what was to come, and I liked to be able to reflect back on what its meaning was.
I think a big message in this story, outside of the obvious theme of friendship, is overcoming fears. Jess had several fears throughout the story (of being judged, of the bullies, of the water, of people knowing he enjoyed painting) and he not only overcame some of these, but helped others to overcome theirs as well, like May Belle’s fear of crossing the bridge. Jess’s relationship with Leslie helped Jess become closer to his own father and to his younger sisters. In all, she made him less afraid of being himself, and being proud of that. ( )
  ElizabethHaaser | Oct 13, 2014 |
Brief description of reading: The book starts of rather slow and lacking action. Half way through the book I got hooked. Jess a fifth grade boy gets a new girl neighbor Leslie. They quickly become best friends and find a hideout away from home. Terabithia is their way to escape the troubles of life. The book progresses on as their friendship grows and right when you think the book can’t get any better the plot completely changes. It is a must read for all ages.

How does this reading connect to characteristics of adolescent development we have studied? For example, how does this book explain, show examples, guide adolescents or in some way connect to the intellectual, social, emotional, physical or moral development of the adolescent?
This book connects directly to adolescents. It is a realistic fiction set in the 1970s of two 5th grade students. They experience all physical and emotional changes students experience today. They battle to be the best, to blend in to the crowd and strive to be popular. All they need is a friend to experience it all with. Readers can connect to Jess and Leslie as they go about their school day and young adolescent years.

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I would not let students under 4th grade read this book. It has some topic heavy material that can be startling to younger children. ( )
  schultzm21 | Sep 23, 2014 |
Katherine Patterson does a wonderful job illustrating how a child deals with death when his friend suffers a terrible accident. The book is about a boy from the country who meets a peculiar girl from the city that recently moved to the country. They become best friends and create an imaginary world name Terabithia. The story is very well written and one is able to experience the emotions that Jess is going through with the death of her friend. ( )
  cvarela | Sep 6, 2014 |
The story begins with Jess training himself to be the fastest racer in fifth grade. When school began a girl named Leslie stole his spot he worked so hard for. Ironically, Jess and Leslie became best friends, ones that would stick up for one another. Leslie has a huge imagination and takes Jess to an imaginary world named "Terabithia." However, Jess is forced to explore Terabithia on his own after a tragic accident.
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I remember this story as a child, it changed me as it was my first encounter with death. The book really draws the reader in and takes them along for the ride. It is easy to feel the pain Jess feels at the death of his friend. It is easy to relate to him during his tribulations with his siblings and parents. The book deals with some of the most heavy topics, and handles them quite eloquently.
Class Extension Ideas
1. Have the kids write a journal entry about their Imaginative land.
2. Have them illustrate a picture of their land.
3. Discuss ways the children can stand up to bully's with their words, and showing kindness to the individual being bullied.
  copeland86 | Jul 19, 2014 |
It was a so-so read. I read it because it was made into a movie and from what little bits and pieces that I'd seen of it, it looked good. However, the movie dramatization was better -- and perhaps necessary, as well, as I found the book storyline to be rather plain. ( )
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
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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
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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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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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