Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

Book - 1977
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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.
Publisher: New York : Crowell, c1977.
ISBN: 9780060734015
Call Number: Kids Fiction
Characteristics: 128 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Subjects: Newbery Medal.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
School children -- Juvenile fiction.
Storytelling -- Juvenile fiction.
Imaginary places -- Juvenile fiction.
Death -- Juvenile fiction.
Children and death -- Juvenile fiction.
Virginia -- Juvenile fiction.
Additional Contributors: Diamond, Donna - Illustrator


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Jul 22, 2020

Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson, is a book about Jess Aarons, a kid who aspires to be the fastest boy in the fifth grade. However, those dreams are dashed when his new neighbor Leslie Burke wins the race against all the boys in fifth grade. Even after this defeat, the two eventually become friends, and Jess becomes a stronger person because of the friendship. With the imagination of Leslie, the two friends create a kingdom and dub themselves the king and queen. The name of this kingdom is Terabithia, which is in the woods near their houses.

I really enjoyed this story. I read it in fifth grade, and many years later I can safely say it is still one of my favorite books. Paterson was able to create a beautiful story about the power of friendship and how it can be used to help transform someone into a stronger and more courageous person. She also has relatable characters in the story, which helps the reader feel involved in the life of the main characters and become invested in the story. This book explores themes such as friendship, gender roles, and identity. Through Leslie, Jess is able to learn how to be himself and chase his own dreams, despite society and its expectations. This book perfectly represents the childhood imagination that many have, and it can have the power to transform people into more secure versions of themselves. Not many stories use imagination in their books, but Paterson is able to do it perfectly in this book.

Lovestoread5 Apr 19, 2020

A very good book dealing with friendship, loss, adjustment, and moving forward with a thread of imagination throughout the entire book.

Aug 22, 2019

Bridge to teribithia was a book that I read in grade five. That book remained one of my favourites that entire year. Re-reading it now four years later was like stepping back into my past mind. The book is so well written and the emotions are so well expressed! Overall I would recommend this book to literally anyone, it's a very good read.

Jun 28, 2019

So well written. The author captures each of the character's voices in an understated but powerful way. Sad, but in a good way, if that is possible.

Apr 10, 2018

I read this for the "A Childhood Favorite" part of my 2018 reading challenge. It certainly sucked me in right away, then left me feeling lost and confused at the end. I was not expecting it to be so sad.

DBRL_KrisA Jul 22, 2017

In 1977, when this book was published, I was 10 years old - the same age as Jess and Leslie in the book. And if I had read the book that year, I think I would have found a lot in common with Jess - the inability to fit in, the interest in things artistic and fantastic, but also the need to keep that side hidden for fear of being made fun of. Yes, I think 10 year old me would have really enjoyed this book.
Reading it at almost-50, I do have some issues - the first part of the book moves so slowly, and it's almost formulaic in the "local boy has no friends but a new kid moves into the old house next door and teaches him all about life". And I knew (I just knew!) that something bad was going to happen to Jess or to Leslie. But the events that do happen are so beautifully and tenderly written. And the last couple of paragraphs had me literally in tears.

Jul 22, 2017

Bridge to Terabithia is a book you can read over, and over, and over again, without ever getting tired of it. I remember the first time I read this, which was a few years ago, partly because I had to do a book report and couldn't find another book. When I finished it, I didn't regret picking that up. I cried and cried. I read this again recently and I love love love this book.

Mar 27, 2017

so sad at the end

Aug 01, 2016

This book made me cry! I can't beleve THAT happend. I will never get over it!

sarag1 Jul 03, 2016

So I read this book for the first time when I was nine. And I cried and cried and cried. And now I'm twelve- I know, I'm still not that big (I'm actually still really young :( ), but I still cry and cry and cry every time I read this book.
It's a fantastic book. Read it!

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Jun 22, 2016

Jess Aaron's wanted to be the fastest runner in 5th grade, he has been preparing for the "race" since summer started and now he is ready to go, but that all changes when he meets Leslie Burke, who shows him that imagination can change his life. They make an imaginative kingdom called Terabithia and have many adventures along the way. Then a terrible accident happens... leaving all of us in shock and despair.

May 02, 2013

jesse gets a grade 5 boy going through poverty gets a light in his life when his new neighbor leslie moves in the create a magical world they name Terabithia but sadly leslie tries to go to teribithia by herself and drowns in the river jesse has to overcome the sad loss and in her honor builds a bridge across the river.

lms May 30, 2008

"Jesse's colourless rural world expands when he becomes fascinated with Leslie, the new girl in school. But when Leslie drowns trying to reach their home Terabithia, Jesse struggles to accept the loss of his friend." (Novelist Review)


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Mar 24, 2017

" Just close your eyes, but keep your mind wide open"
- Leslie Burke


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