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Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Paterson

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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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I knew this was going to leave me in pieces but I read it anyway. I saw the film a few years ago (with my son who was about 6 at the time and left traumatised by the experience - nice parenting, Olly), so I knew the ending, but still....
It’s a beautifully written tale of childhood friendship and imagination that I can’t find a single fault with. The book manages to be very readable without ever patronising its target audience. It’s also thrilling and fun, but yeah, that ending....
*stares into the middle distance* ( )
  whatmeworry | Apr 9, 2022 |
Classic, you need to read this, it is whimsical with tragedy. ( )
  crazynerd | Mar 30, 2022 |
This is a story set in a rural area in the...1960s (?), about a 10-year-old boy who liked to draw, liked music, liked stories....But because of his working class family background, no one in his family understood him, and his parents...um...they didn't parent him very appropriately. Then an upper-middle class family moved in next door, and the 10-year-old girl in that family became best friends with the boy. The boy felt understood, inspired, loved. Then the girl drowned in an accident. The boy grieved and gradually came to cope with her death. Vivid description and storytelling. Reading this as an adult, I kept focusing on (and questioning!) the parenting decisions of of both Jess and Leslie's parents. Why spoil Jess's two older sisters by letting them go out shopping when the family couldn't afford the spending, and when there is much help needed around the house? Why so little interest in trying to communicate with or understand Jess? (This improved significantly after Jess began grieving for the girl's death, though.) Why so little interest in learning about and understanding Leslie's difficulties to socialize at school, when her parents had moved to the rural area for Leslie's sake in the first place? Why allow Jess and Leslie to wander away from the house with no supervision? Why allow Leslie to go near the creek on her own when the water was running so high? The depiction of public school life is scary. It seems like an awful place where students form cliques, bullies roam, and it is dangerous to show your weakness and personal struggles in front of your community. Hopefully the public school culture has changed significantly since then.... ( )
  CathyChou | Mar 11, 2022 |
Bridge to Terabithia is an imaginative tale that tells the story of two friends creating an enchanted Kingdom they named Terabithia. Jess and Leslie become fast friends after Leslie outruns Jess in the big race that he has been practicing for all summer. They play in the woods behind Leslie's house and invent Terabithia. The two go on many adventures in this magical land, but tragedy struck when Leslie decides to go without Jess and she falls swinging from the rope. From the help of his family and friends, Jess learns how to deal with the untimely death of his best friend. ( )
  BeckyP94 | Feb 20, 2022 |
Year 5
  ThereseFernon | Jan 10, 2022 |
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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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and so I do.


David Paterson and Lisa Hill,

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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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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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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140366180, 0141323477


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