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Katherine Paterson

Author of Bridge to Terabithia

82+ Works 48,459 Members 1,110 Reviews 32 Favorited

About the Author

Katherine Paterson was born in Qing Jiang, Jiangsu, China in 1932. She attended King College in Bristol, Tennessee and then graduate school in Virginia where she studied Bible and Christian education. Before going to graduate school, she was a teacher for one year and after graduate school, she show more moved to Japan to be a missionary. Her first book, Sign of the Chrysanthemum was published in 1991. Other titles to follow included The Bridge to Terabithia and Jacod Have I Loved which both won her a Newbery Award, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Lyddie and The Master Puppeteer. In addition to the Newbery Award, she is the recipient of numerous others including the Scott O'Dell Award, the National Book Award for Children's Literature, the American Book Award, the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults Award and the New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year Award. She was also honored with the Hans Christian Anderson Award. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia (1977) 22,035 copies
Jacob Have I Loved (1980) 5,615 copies
The Great Gilly Hopkins (1978) 4,750 copies
Lyddie (1991) 2,227 copies
Jip: His Story (1996) 1,344 copies
The Master Puppeteer (1975) 1,185 copies
The King's Equal (1992) 1,094 copies
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks (1990) 1,013 copies
A Midnight Clear (1995) 848 copies
The Same Stuff as Stars (2002) 684 copies
Park's Quest (1989) 674 copies
Bread and Roses, Too (2006) 544 copies
Flip-Flop Girl (1994) 534 copies
Preacher's Boy (1999) 407 copies
Of Nightingales That Weep (1974) 342 copies
The Day of the Pelican (2009) 331 copies
The Flint Heart (1910) 271 copies
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (2011) 259 copies
The World in 1492 (1992) 196 copies
My Brigadista Year (2017) 165 copies
Blueberries for the Queen (2004) 146 copies
Who Am I? (1966) 91 copies
The Field of the Dogs (2001) 87 copies
The Angel and the Donkey (1996) 80 copies
Stories of My Life (2014) 77 copies
The Invisible Child (2001) 74 copies
Marvin One Too Many (2001) 69 copies
The Night of His Birth (2019) 62 copies
Lyddie / Jip: His Story (1991) 57 copies
The Wide-Awake Princess (2000) 32 copies
Birdie's Bargain (2021) 24 copies
Bridge to Terabithia [1985 TV movie] (1985) — Screenwriter — 11 copies
Read for Your Life #11 (2011) 3 copies
Star of night (1980) 3 copies
Katherine Paterson (2000) 1 copy
Read for Your Life #13 (2011) 1 copy
Read for Your Life #12 (2011) 1 copy
Read for Your Life #8 (2010) 1 copy
Read for Your Life #17 (2011) 1 copy
Read for Your Life #16 (2011) 1 copy
Books 1 copy

Associated Works

Pride and Prejudice (1813) — Introduction, some editions — 81,374 copies
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China (1989) — some editions — 3,895 copies
The Big Book for Peace (1990) — Contributor — 836 copies
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contributor — 353 copies
A Newbery Christmas (1991) — Contributor — 294 copies
A Newbery Halloween (1991) — Contributor — 155 copies
The Big Book For Our Planet (1993) — Editor — 135 copies
Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (1999) — Contributor — 125 copies
Home for Christmas: Stories for Young and Old (2002) — Contributor — 112 copies
Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing (2006) — Afterword — 90 copies
Acting Out (2008) — Contributor — 67 copies
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure (2011) — Contributor — 62 copies
The Swiftly Tilting Worlds of Madeleine L'Engle (1998) — Contributor — 60 copies
911: The Book of Help (2002) — Contributor — 51 copies
It's Terrific to Be Ten (2000) — Contributor — 49 copies
The Signet Book of American Essays (2006) — Contributor — 36 copies
To Break the Silence (1986) — Contributor — 9 copies
Lyddie [1996 TV movie] (1996) 5 copies
Miss Lettie and Me [2002 film] (2002) — Author — 3 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Paterson, Katherine Womeldorf
Other names
Womeldorf, Katherine (birth)
Birthdate
1932-10-31
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Qing Jiang, Jiangsu, China
Places of residence
Barre, Vermont, USA
Takoma Park, Maryland, USA
Richmond, Virginia, USA
Shanghai, China
Education
King College (BA|English|1954)
Presbyterian School of Christian Education (MA|Bible and Christian Education)
Occupations
novelist
children's book author
teacher
missionary
Relationships
Paterson, John (husband)
Organizations
National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance (vice-president)
Awards and honors
Hans Christian Andersen Award ( [1998])
Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (2006)
May Hill Arbuthnot Lecturer (1997)
Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal (2013)
Regina Medal (1988)
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature (2010-11) (show all 16)
Literary Light, Boston Public Library (2000)
Living Legend, Library of Congress (2000)
Lion of the New York Public Library (1998)
King College Outstanding Alumnus (1993-1994)
University of Southern Mississippi Medallion (1983)
The Union Medal, Union Theological Seminary
E. B. White Award for Literature (2019)
National Book Award (1977, 1979)
Newbery Medal (1977, 1981)
Phoenix Award (1994)
Short biography
Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her early childhood.   After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan.  Mrs. Paterson has received numerous awards for her writing.  Mrs. Paterson lives with her husband in Vermont.  They have four grown children.  {adapted from Bridge to Terabithia (1977)]

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Shayla: this book was so cute and I would definitely recommend!
 
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Shayla_Hi | 610 other reviews | Jun 3, 2024 |
This novel is exactly what a good children's book should be, in my opinion. It's got a relatable protagonist, a well-paced interesting plot, and emotional highs and lows. I'm very glad I finally took time to read this.
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AngelReadsThings | 610 other reviews | May 29, 2024 |
This follows the story of Jesse who makes friends with Leslie. The friends explore their creativity where they are the rulers of their own world. This would be a good book to have in the classroom because it will encourage students to explore their creativity and how much it can help them get through issues in their real lives. In mathematics, it isn't always about logic and we want students to explore their creativity and ask questions.
 
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jxm304 | 610 other reviews | Apr 28, 2024 |
“It was Leslie who had taken him from the cow pasture into Terabithia and turned him into a king. He had thought that was it. Wasn't king the best you could be? Now it occurred to him that perhaps Terabithia was like a castle where you came to be knighted. After you stayed for a while and grew strong you had to move on. For hadn't Leslie, even in Terabithia, tried to push back the walls of his mind and make him see beyond to the shining world—huge and terrible and beautiful and very fragile? (Handle with care—everything—even the predators.)

Now it was time for him to move out. She wasn't there, so he must go for both of them. It was up to him to pay back to the world in beauty and caring what Leslie had loaned him in vision and strength.
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Works
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Members
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Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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