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Bridge To Terabithia 40th Anniversary Edition

byKatherine PatersonIllustratorDonna Diamond

Paperback | May 2, 2017

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The 40th anniversary edition of the classic Newbery Medal-winning title by beloved author Katherine Paterson, with brand-new bonus materials including an author's note by Katherine herself and a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Kate DiCamillo.

Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. The two become fast friends and spend most days in the woods behind Leslie’s house, where they invent an enchanted land called Terabithia. One morning, Leslie goes to Terabithia without Jess and a tragedy occurs. It will take the love of his family and the strength that Leslie has given him for Jess to be able to deal with his grief.

Bridge to Terabithia was also named an ALA Notable Children’s Book and has become a touchstone of children’s literature, as have many of Katherine Paterson’s other novels, including The Great Gilly Hopkins and Jacob Have I Loved.

Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. Ms. Paterson has received numerous awards for her writing, including National Book Awards for The Master Puppeteer and The Great Gilly H...
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Title:Bridge To Terabithia 40th Anniversary EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.38 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064401847

ISBN - 13:9780064401845

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from It never get's old I cry everytime I re-read this
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story to read I loved this book. My son still talks about this book years later.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow A childhood favourite that still wrecks me when I read it today. Such a lovely story.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Book Ever! I read this in grade 4 and I'm happy I did! Jesse and Leslie are such amazing characters. I love their friendship and how they use their imagination to go on different adventures. I love the different emotions you feel during the story. The beginning is so happy, the middle is so exciting and the end is sad. I definitely recommend this to anybody!
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bridge to Terabithia is Simply Excellent For a long long time, I had many many classic books on my To Read Someday List. Some, like Black Beauty or A Wrinkle In Time, were okay. Others, like The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, were disappointments. And then I collide with Bridge of Terabithia. And I fall instantly in love. SPOILERS to follow on the ideas the book presents. Bridge to Terabithia is a classic children’s book written by Katherine Paterson in 1977. The story, which came out of an event that troubled her son, won awards and is constantly censored. We start with Jesse Aarons, a lonely boy going into the fifth grade who trains and trains on the family farm to be fast enough to win a school footrace. This is very very important and a rather prestigious honour to win this unofficial prize. While running he meets the new neighbour, a tomboy city girl who is also in the fifth grade, Leslie Burke. Jesse is slow to welcome Leslie, and Leslie disrupts the schoolyard dynamic when she, a girl, enters the footrace and wins. This chaos disturbs Jesse, who hides much from his large poor family including his artistic ability, but he overcomes and Leslie, who is a well read only child from a family with money, becomes a good friend. A development that causes ripples in many circles. Leslie and Jesse proceed to have many dramas unfold around them, which leads to many thoughts and feelings being experienced and discussed, and the two learning of the differences that exist between them. Some of this occurs when the pair go adventuring into a secluded wooded area, just pass a creek, nearby their homes. This land of playing and talking and make believe and planning and friendship is christened Terabithia. And it becomes their secret refuge. All until the massive emotional ending, when it becomes something else. Bridge to Terabithia is a truly excellent story that packs a huge wallop, one that stays with you long after the final page. Add to that the multiple themes and concepts that are threaded expertly throughout the novel by Paterson. Terabithia clearly takes place in the early 1970’s in a conservative small town where nothing seems to ever change. Little bits and pieces are sprinkled around to cement this notion, including how Jesse describes the music teacher, Miss Edmunds, who amazingly wears pants and sings folk songs, and he likes so much she is one of the few who know his drawing skills. This unconventional aspect is noticed but not commented on too much, but the discussions that spring out of Leslie coming to Jesse’s church for a visit are fascinating and show how the friends view the world, all shaped by their upbringings and environment. Another small chunk is the kerfuffle Leslie causes when she reveals to the class the fact that her family has no television set. And the passage involving spanking versus hitting kids is short but truthful to the cultures shown. So many moving parts pop up and immerse the reader in the setting, making it so easy to understand how Jesse and Leslie’s friendship would sprout conversation. Now most would say the religious discussions alone, and the emotional ending, are the reasons so many small minded people want to ban Terabithia, but I have a different theory, one shared by many. To me it is obvious that Jesse is gay and Leslie is lesbian. It is never stated, nor do the kids ever express themselves in his matter, and I think only Leslie is worldly enough to even know or understand the concept, but this feels present to me right from the start. Neither Leslie and Jesse show any romantic feelings towards each other, which is not definitive of this of course, and also very refreshing to treat male and female characters as friends and not potential romantic interests, but you also get the idea they have no feelings towards almost anyone else as well. And the almost part is what brings further complexity to Terabithia, and reinforces the LGBTQ theme showcased in the tine and place. Jesse has what seems like a crush on the pants wearing music teacher, the above mentioned Miss Edmunds, but it really is admiration for an adult who gets him and his art and encourages him. She is noticeably different and is fine with it, and Jesse longs to be this. His desire at the start of Terabithia to win the footrace was too fit in, and that was disrupted by Leslie being Leslie. Which brings up the idea that maybe Leslie does know she is different from the town norm, but because of her liberal big city upbringing with open parents, she is more at ease. This might be why Leslie wants to help and understand notorious school bully Janice Avery, even after she and Jesse help orchestrate part of her pain. Maybe possibly, once Leslie realizes the full story of Janice, her feelings towards the older girl changed. Some might call this a stretch, but so many things about Terabithia have such power and chemistry and reasoning behind them, that the Janice subplot just leads me in that direction. Even if Paterson never meant this idea, Jesse and Leslie are excellent living characters who have an excellent wonderful friendship. Jesse grows massively from all aspects of his knowing Leslie, and Leslie benefits immensely from teaching Jesse about the wider world. The two learn about life and God and living, both in their real world of 1970’s small town and in their fantasy woodland existence in Terabithia. They have truly wonderful and heartbreaking journeys, both together and apart. And I loved every minute with Leslie and Jesse.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excemplary! Usually after seeing a movie my kids would have no interest in reading the book. This was an exception. My son begged to get the book after seeing the movie and it quickly became clear to me as to why. Character and plot development is superb in addition to how sensitive topic is approached and managed. We read and re-read this story many times and now it is in storage for when the time comes for it to be shared with our next generation.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Timeless It's so simple and starts so quietly but reaches such a thundering conclusion that it feels like a completely different novel. Bridge to Terabithia will definitely stay with you for years to come.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still can't read it without crying So glad I have a copy in my home library again.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book I read this when I was 11, and now at 21 I read it again and it still was special to me. A quick and easy read, but the characters and emotions are so raw and real.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Cute Story This book was a quick, incredibly cute read. The characters, Jess and Leslie, are young, likable, adventurous and have a boundless imagination. Though the movie is more magical/fantasy themed, both teach important lessons about friendship, youth, and tragedies.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from such a beautiful book! warning it is also incredibly sad!
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This is a childhood favorite. A great book.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stays with you I read this as a child and it was one of my favourites. Will be reading it to my child. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless A beautiful story that stays with you for years—until you read it again and discover a whole bunch of new things in it.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very Fun!!! Read this back in middle school and really liked it. The movie is also very cute and the story and characters are perfect!
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read A great read that taught a good lesson #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still an excellent read I read this in elementary school and just re-read it now 20 years later and it's just as amazing now as it was then. Everyone should read this book #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes but warning I read this book while I was in 5-6 grade. Then I watched the movie when it came out. Both are great and deals with imagination and a fantasy world. But, if you have not read the book or seen the movie, beware; it's SAD. Tissue box warning
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book for Young People My students really enjoyed this book as part of their guided reading group (grade 5), but older kids and younger would enjoy this book as well.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did not understand the hype I read this book a long time ago, way before the movie came out and I didn't really enjoy it at all. The story was pretty boring in general, and although it did send a good message to kids, I just couldn't even grasp it due to how bored I was.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! I love this book so much! It is great for middle grade readers.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Yes but no! A great book and I loved the movie version but damn is it ever sad :( made me cry
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This is a good book for middle grade readers. A beautiful and classic story.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic I read this book back in grade 6 and I loved it. It is a story about finding authentic friendships, adventure, imagination, and tragically beautiful. I commend the author for making the hard decision at the end of the book. Readers of the book will know what I am referring to. But I believe it was the right decision. Great story.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic I read this book back in grade 6 and I completely loved it. It is a story about adventures, imagination, and authentic friendships. Great story
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic that every child should read. A bit of a heart breaker but the story is charming and magical and is definitely a book that every child should take the time to read.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from tear jerker A beautiful story, a timeless classic ever child should read #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Read this book back in grade 4 and it completely tore my emotions apart back then.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So sad, but so good! This story not only brought a tear to my eye, but I watched my father cry. A man I never thought could have a tear brought to his lids. It was so beautiful, and the tragedy is not so overwhelming when compared the magic brought into these children's lives, even if only short lived. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tragic Beautiful, and tragic. I prefer happy endings as life can be sad enough, but I recognize that this book is well-written. Do not give this book to a sensitive child, at least not before previewing first. Good for those who are ok with tragic stories and like crying, so that is why I tentatively recommend it - for certain people.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adventure Nice children's book, adventurous and creative.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic One of the first books I ever read. Still great today.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant A wonderful story about friendship and imagination.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it A story full of friendship and imagination
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved A story full of friendship and imagination. I love it.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Favourite One of my most loved books ever. Very charming.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Old Favourite I read this book when I was maybe 8 or 9 years old and it remained my favourite 'chapter book' for years.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless Amazing story, cried at the end.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book must read for all ages - poignant
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cried I cried literal waterfalls.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Read this a dozen times. Truly a classic.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood favorite I loved this book as a child, and it didn't disappoint as an adult. Poignant and sad. Loved it then, loved it now!
Date published: 2013-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read In the fourth grade when I first read this book, I loved it. It reminded me of my ‘secret hideouts’ and places like my tree house that I used as a way to get away from my parents. But when I read it later on, it was a real tearjerker. The assumptions that the entire adult population has about children and their ability to cope with situations like death are very blemished. As an adult, I tend to hold back feelings when a terrible situation arises, but this book teaches that not only is it good to let these out, but it also shows how sometimes going to your own little world makes you that much stronger to get through the tough times.
Date published: 2013-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Story but.. Great Story but needed descriptions in places it didn't have them and could have left some bits out. I enjoyed the movie more.
Date published: 2012-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Novel ! It is difficult for me to overrate how important this book is in my life. Katherine Paterson is a good writer anyway. It seems that this book will always be the peak of her success due to its' marvelous depiction of friendship. In many ways that is the whole point of the book. Due to a tragic twist at its' end it is also about how a good friendship can inspire one to deal with lifes' harships. That is why "Bridge To Terabithia " will always be one of my favourite novels. It is brilliantly written. It is has wonderful characters. It was made into a film that was equally good. Perhaps adding to its' poignancy is the fact that it was inspired by a true story. Make that definitely rather than perhaps. "Bridge To Terabithia" is wonderful in many ways. The most important is the fact that it in all of the right ways for exactly all the right reasons it inspire people to cherish the frienships they have in their own lives.
Date published: 2010-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Truly magical Bridge to Terabithia is a simple and beautiful story about a cherished and authentic friendship between a boy and a girl. The fact that the relationship was wholesome, lacking any underlying suggestive measure, made it all the more emotive and tender. Katherine Paterson shares with us the importance of artistic expression, standing up to ones fears and the certainty that knowledge is to be shared. Loneliness is a running theme that we watch diminish through two outcasts who forge a bond, first, through competition, then, imagination. Sadly, there is no happy ending to this tale, but it does approach mortality and the stages of grieving in a very honest and delicate way. I am of the belief that even though we try to shelter our children from heartache wherever possible, they should be aware of some of the harsh realities in life, as well as how they should deal with the feelings that arise from such tragedies. The ability to inform them of these truths only better prepares them for the sometimes cruel world ahead. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2009-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Jesse and Leslie This was a good book. I loved the range of emotion the characters went through, happiness to depression. I first read this book in grade 5 and I didn't remember the fantasy that was depicted in the movie so I decided to re-read. I'm glad I did and there was barely any mention of fantasy creatures, but I don't care. This was an amazing book and the relationships seemed real. Jesse and Leslie are likeable characters who enriched each others lives tremendously and it was sad to see them part. I did tear up at the end, but it is sad. Overall I recommend this, highly as it is a great novel for kids.
Date published: 2008-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic kid lit Funny, touching story about friendship and imagination.
Date published: 2007-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The characters mixed the real world with lots of imagination. It was a great beginning and end. It was about two kids that didn't have other friends to be with. Lots of emotion from being really happy to being disappointed, for the characters. This was the first novel I ever read. I loved it. I'm 9 years old in grade 4.
Date published: 2007-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't Live Up To Expectations Probably because of the commercials for the movie Bridge to Terabithia, I was quite disappointed in Katherine Paterson's book. I was expecting tons of magical fantasy, but instead got a story about a friendship between a boy and a girl. Their invented world is only occassionally mentioned and barely described. This is a tragic novel that I would only recommend to anyone interested in reading relationship-type novels.
Date published: 2007-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic, Loving it When I read this book I was so surprised that I loved it, I could really feel where Jess was coming from when the tradgity occured. I really felt what the writer was trying to say. It made me cry. I really felt sorry for Jess. But he has one special thing that Leslie and him created. He has Terabithia he will always remember her, she changed him for good. I also watched the movie AMAZING. In the book Leslie moves to where Jess lives, with the hate for Leslie. After finding away for friendship. As Leslie Teaches him imagination, he has also learned many more things. as then he does something special for his sister. As his imagination goes on, he makes Terabithia more special. I REALLY HOPE THAT SHE MAKES ANOTHER ONE, because it seems as though there should be a next one. Please make another one Katherine Paterson.
Date published: 2007-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Spectacular This Book is an amazing book. I cried so much and felt so sad about Jess; I was thinking how could he go on. I wouldn't have been able to go on. This book is my personal favorite. I completely recommend it. I really fell in love with this book and I am sure that you will also. This book keept on wanting me to flip the pages and read more and more until I finished I really hope another one comes out.
Date published: 2007-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Story This amazing book tells you about Jesse Aarons, and how he meets a girl, Leslie Burke, and they become best friends. Jesse and Leslie make a secret place, and they call it "Teribithia". In the events that unfold, Jesse learns the true meaning of friendship, and learns Leslie Burke changed his life.
Date published: 2006-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I remember reading this book as a student in grade 4. It was the first book I remember touching me the way that it did...I believe I cried reading it along with the rest of my class and teacher. Now as a teacher I am looking to buy it in case I have a grade 4 class someday! I think everyone should read this book...children and adults alike.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Real Friendship! This book is truly compelling showing the bonds between to friends, after a trajic incident this friendship is tested and look throughed the eyes of one of them who was greatly affected! A great emotional, personal read, that some may be able to connect with! You'll fall in love immediatly!
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic No library should be without. Every kid, and grown up, should read this book. I have read hundred's of books, and to this day Bridge to Terabithia remains a favourite.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I had the pleasure of reading this book in grade 4. It was one of the best books, and the first one to make me cry. I am now going to order it for my daughter to read when she is older.
Date published: 2006-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sadness As Excellence Personified This is one of the few books from my childhood that I specifically remember reading for the simple reason that it went to an extreme. Things in life are like that. Average tends to be forgotten as life in the middle doesn't always impress as being that exciting. What is remembered are those things that are extremely good or extremely bad. The Bridge to Terebithia impresses as being extremely good because it has such an intelligent, honest, unpretentious approach to its' subject matter. Its' plotline is of a pair of teenagers in the form of Jesse, a 14-year-old boy, and his 14-year-old best friend in the form of a girl named Leslie who from a strong bond of friendship with one another because of their total lack-of-pretence no bullcrap honest decent approach to one another. This leads them to a place called Terebithia which they describe as a kingdom that they can visit but there is no doubt that they are its' chief inhabitants. Yet it remains a special place and that is because it nevertheless has a lot of wonderful things in it and that is because there is magic there. That is all I will say about The Bridge To Terebithia . To say any more about it would totally spoil what makes this book good. That is in part because it ends so sadly. And yet there is an upbeat aspect to the end that lets you know that the characters will know how to do what is best. Perhaps that is too much of a spoiler right there. But it nevertheless is an accurate description of these characters in terms of what they are capable of. This book is sad. I have to state that. But those who enjoy superb storytelling will appreciate that this is a natural part of the story. This book is one of the few stories in the world that has turned out just right.
Date published: 2005-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average but Popular I decided to read this book because everyone in my school was reading about it and talking about it. When I first read it, I found the beginning quite good. My final impression was that it was average, because most of it was boring, especially the parts about Jess and Leslie inside Terabithia.
Date published: 2005-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bridge To Terabithia I don't have anything to say except this book is EXCELLENT and YOU just have to read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-04-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dull Everyone was making a huge deal about this book so about two years ago I read it and-WOW it's boring. OK I admit there are some sentimental values in this book but it never kept me wanting to read the next page.
Date published: 2005-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Piece Of Literature this is such a great boook. our teacher read this to us in grade 5, but it isnt really a childrens book. there is so much emotion, and for someone in grade five you cant really understand and appriciate it.
Date published: 2004-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from OKAY KP wrote a very good book and it was great, but at the end it was a little confusing, i mean the very ending, the last page. other than that it's great!
Date published: 2003-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad, but great! I reccomend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2003-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bridge Review Bridge to Terabithia is a exillerating and exaciting!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It is an awesome book and the ending is *shocking*
Date published: 2003-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! i was first introduced to this book in grade 5 when my male teacher read it to my class. i was incredibly touched when he had tears in his eyes when Leslie died. now, in my first year of college, i can still easily say that this is one of my favourite books. when i am feeling sad or just need a taste of home i always read this book, it is amazing and a must read. i recommend it as highly as possible.
Date published: 2003-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Was So Enchanting My garde five teacher chose this book for us to read. We all thought it was going to be so dum and boring. Each time we read the book in class the whole class begged to read more whenever the teacher told us to put the book away. When we were done the book we all got A's or B's on our projects. I'm in grade seven now and I still remember the book perfectly I can still quote some of the parts word for word this is the type of book that you will remember forvever.
Date published: 2002-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bridge to Terabithia This was a favorite book of my girlfriends, when she was growing up. It was a very touching book down to the heart and brings tears to your eyes. It is a worthwhile read, and i recommend it to anyone looking to learn about themselves no matter how old you are. You can remember your past, or start your future creating your own Terabithia.
Date published: 2002-07-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Time for bed I found this book sad at the end but also very boring. I had to read it with my class in grade 5. i almost fell asleep. i would NEVER recommend this book.
Date published: 2002-05-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from poor this book wasn't what i expected we did it in school and i hated it sorry.
Date published: 2002-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book Ever!!! Basically the book is about a guy named Jesse Oliver Aarons Jr., and he meets Leslie Burke, the fastest runner in 5th grade. They become best friends and make a place called Terabithia. Unfortunately, Leslie dies when she swings across the rope to get to Terabithia. She falls off and dies, and Jesse starts to realize the important things in life. I chose this book for a Newbery Novel Study, and I think I made the best choice ever!!!!!!!!! Sarah :)
Date published: 2002-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Faboulous...Just Fabulous My grade eight teacher chose this book for my class to read together and I think she chose one of the best books ever. We had to do a report on it afterwaords and I got 100%, only becuase this book was so enjoyable. I totally recommend you read it becuase it is one of the best books ever written!!!!
Date published: 2001-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brudge To Terabithia Bridge To Terabithia. I’ve just finished reading Bridge To Terabithia,a novel written by Katherine Paterson.She wrote this book because her son’s best friend got struck by lightning and died.At the beginning of reading Bridge To Terabithia the title didn’t really make sense to me because Jesse didn’t build the bridge until the last chapter of the book.I thought that Jess built the bridge because Leslie died when she went to Terabithia alone and she was swinging on the rope to get to thy other side of the creek.I think when she was swinging to get to the other side of the creek she fell and hit her head on something and died.I think Jesse built the bridge because he felt really sad for Leslie so he built the bridge so no-one else would get hurt and die like his best friend Leslie Burke. I think this book is fiction and non-fiction.It’s non-fiction Because the book is related to something similar that happened.I also think it’s non-fiction because in the book there are 2 best friends,Leslie and Jesse.In the book Leslie dies.David Katherines son and Lisa were best friends and Lisa dies so the book sort of relates in that way.I think the book is fiction because parts in the book are not true like Terabithia.
Date published: 2001-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Magical World of Terabithia The Magical World Terabitha. Bridge to Terabitha is a great book that you may want to read. I think this book would be enjoyed by people ages eight and up. Although some words in the book are hard, you can still enjoy the book but remember when you start the book you can never put it down!!! This book is about a girl named Leslie and a boy named Jess. Jess and Leslie started out hating each other but when they played games together they became really good friends. Though Jess wants to be the fastest runner in fifth grade,but when Leslie came to join the races and beat Jess Jess got mad. After a while,near the ending of the story one of the friends passes away. The theme of this book is “Learning To Except Changes.” The lesson in this book is “You Can Have A Friend That's Close To You,But Remember Every One Has To Go.” I think by reading this book, I can teach someone how to get over their feelings when there is a tragedy in their lives.
Date published: 2001-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Imaginary Land: Bridge to Terabithia An Imaginary Land: Terabithia.The book that me and my literacy group finished reading is called Bridge to Terabithia.This Newbery medal award book is written by Katherine Paterson.The first letter that Katherine Paterson wrote was to her father when she was 7 years old.She likes reading English American books.She lived in Japan for a few years.She came to love it and its foods.Bridge to Terabithia is a fiction type of book. It’s about friendship and fantasy.The book also has every day things that might happen in your life.The book is quite long; it has 128 pages.There are a few illustrations in the book.The illustrations in the book are black and white.To me the illustrations are very realistic.If you like fantasy you’ll like this book.This is a great book for ages 10 and up.In this book the main character is a 10 year old boy named Jess.He has a goal that he would like to achieve.Jess gets a new friend named Leslie.Together they make an imaginary land called Terabithia.The main theme in this book is friendship. I really liked this book.The friendship is also a great thing about this book, because Jess' friendship with Leslie got him to learn many th
Date published: 2001-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is the best book ever! I think that this book is the best ever because it shows that a little boy can have a girl as his best friend. This book is the greatest and I recommend this book to everyone that has a heart to read such a wonderful book like this one.This book has a lot of imaginations that require thinking. I really enjoy this book and My teacher Mrs. Gordon&Mrs.Baker had both read this book to me. This book is so good that I am choosing it to write a book report on it. I hope everyone reads this book!!!
Date published: 2001-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best This book is the best book I have ever read. My teacher actually read it to my class. I felt a big lump in my throat and I know that my friends did too. This book seems so real, and I know you will love it if you take the time to read it.
Date published: 2000-12-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Impressed This book not only has quite a bit of profanity, but also sexual innuendos, and violence. The lust of a ten year old boy for his teacher is made clear numerous times in this book. I definately would not recommend this as a book for children to read.
Date published: 2000-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Memories I remember this book from my childhood and I was very pleased to see it was still listed. This was one of my favorite books and it was one of the first reading experiences that dealt with the death of a child. I remember asking my sister to read it to see what she thought of it (she is three years older than me) and I came into her room and she had tears streaming down her face and I know the book affected her too. At least she was nicer to me that day! Thank you for making this one of the featured books!
Date published: 2000-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book THis is an excellent book because it is a very heartwarming story. When I read the book, it brought tears to my eyes. It's a story of friendship between a boy and a girl. I recommend this book for ages 8 to 13. AWESOME BOOK!!
Date published: 2000-05-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from There Have Been Better Bridge To Terabithia was an okay book. It is a hartwarming tale, but I found it got boring after awhile. Mabye I've just read it too many times.
Date published: 2000-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Road to Terabithia This is the best book I have ever read. It is so good and so realistic. I got a huge lump in my throat when I read it. Now I want to own it instead of checking it out of the library!
Date published: 2000-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Review This book is one of the best books that I have ever read!!! Katherine Paterson describes the characters and their feelings so well. It's a very heart-warming book.
Date published: 2000-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Review I thought the book was excellent! I couldn't put it down. It was about confindence in yourself.
Date published: 2000-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bridge to Terabithia--The Best Book Ever!!!! This book is the best book I have ever read. My teacher actually read it to my class. I felt a big lump in my throat and I know that my friends did too. This book seems so real, and I know you will love it if you take the time to read it.
Date published: 1999-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bridge to Terabithia Review My name is Valerie Butler, I am 12 years old and I go to Albert College. I have read Bridge to Terebithia, and think it is a heart warming book!!!! It is a excellent story, that will bring tears to your eyes, and will show what a true friend is really about
Date published: 1999-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent book This book inspired me. It is absolutely one of the best books I have ever ever read. I could read it again and again and even again. It is definetely not a boring book. This is the complete and utter truth.
Date published: 1999-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bridge To Terabithia Recommend to any child, but especially to anyone, child or adult, who has lost someone important in their lives. It was used as part of the reading material for a children's literature course I took and the book amazed me. The way Peterson identified directly with all of the emotions a grieving child goes through was scary for me, having gone through it myself as an adult not long before. She makes you realize that the things you are thinking are neither wrong or abnormal. I gave at least three copies of this book away as gifts, it meant that much to me. I can't recommend this Newbery Prize winner enough, for any age.
Date published: 1999-03-11

From Our Editors

This Newbery Award-winning story is as profoundly affecting now as when it was first published in 1977. Jess Aarons has practiced all summer to be the fastest fifth-grader at Lark Creek Elementary in backwater Virginia. But on the first day of school, Leslie Burke, the new girl who isn't even supposed to be on the boys' side of the playground, beats him. She beats everyone. That's the end of Jess's running dream, but the beginning of many others. Leslie is Jess's new neighbour, the only child of two writers who have moved to the country to "reassess their value structure." They don't even have a TV. But everything that makes Leslie weird to the small-town masses makes her wonderful to Jess. She’s so accomplished, so smart, so brave. When Leslie suggests that they create a secret kingdom of which they would be the rulers, Jess is frightened, but intrigued. By just swinging over the dried-up creek bed into a shadowy part of the forest they call Terabithia, Jess becomes a king and Leslie a queen. Here, Jess doesn't worry about the school bully or his poor, squabbling family of sisters. Leslie opens a new world of independence and intellect to him. In Terabithia, he can talk aloud and be an artist and rule a kingdom. But when their reign comes to a tragic end, Jess must use the courage Leslie has helped to uncover in order to carry on.

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