Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

Paperback | May 6, 2003

byKatherine PatersonIllustratorDonna Diamond

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This Newbery Medal-winning novel by bestselling author Katherine Paterson is a modern classic of friendship and loss.

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.

In addition to being a Newbery Medal winner, 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.

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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 pla...

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This Newbery Medal-winning novel by bestselling author Katherine Paterson is a modern classic of friendship and loss.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 i...

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A secret world of their ownJess Aaron's greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new kid, a new girl, boldly crosses over to the boy's side of the playground and outruns everyone...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.4 inPublished:May 6, 2003Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064401847

ISBN - 13:9780064401845

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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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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