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Bridge to Terabithia

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ISBN13: 9780060734015
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Awards

Winner 1978 Newbery Medal

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All summer, Jess pushed himself to be the fastest boy in the fifth grade, and when the year's first school-yard race was run, he was going to win. But his victory was stolen by a newcomer, by a girl, one who didn't even know enough to stay on the girls' side of the playground. Then, unexpectedly, Jess finds himself sticking up for Leslie, for the girl who breaks rules and wins races. The friendship between the two grows as Jess guides the city girl through the pitfalls of life in their small, rural town, and Leslie draws him into the world of imaginations world of magic and ceremony called Terabithia. Here, Leslie and Jess rule supreme among the oaks and evergreens, safe from the bullies and ridicule of the mundane world. Safe until an unforeseen tragedy forces Jess to reign in Terabithia alone, and both worlds are forever changed.

In this poignant, beautifully rendered novel, Katherine Paterson weaves a powerful story of friendship and courage.

Review:

"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." Children's Literature

Synopsis:

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.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Synopsis:

Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his 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 girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.

That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits. Then one morning a terrible tragedy occurs. Only when Jess is able to come to grips with this tragedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him.

About the Author

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 Hopkins, as well as Newbery Medals for Jacob Have I Loved and Bridge to Terabithia. Ms. Paterson lives with her husband in Vermont. They have four grown children.

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Shoshana, December 17, 2008 (view all comments by Shoshana)
Title: Bridge to Terabithia
Author: Katherine Patterson
Illustrator: Donna Diamond
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Year: 1977
191 pages

This is a reasonably well-constructed book for middle readers, if a little soppy from an adult perspective. Patterson does a good job of showing world view differences based on social class and status, using this as the emotional scenery for her coming-of-age story.

There were two related points where the plot did not ring true: Jess's teacher calls him early in the morning, which May Belle and possibly an adult answering the phone knew about. Further, Jess explains his plan to his mother. However, no one seems to remember this, even when prompted by May Belle. Second, in light of the events of this day, it is very strange to me that this teacher disappears from the narrative.

Read with Le Guin's The Beginning Place for a set-up that is similar in some ways, but told in the fantasy genre.
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pair_of_dice_2005, May 4, 2008 (view all comments by pair_of_dice_2005)
Katherine Paterson is a master of Contemporary Realistic Fiction books for children. This is an epic story of imagination, friendship, and how to deal with grief.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060734015
Author:
Katherine Paterson and Donna Diamond
Publisher:
HarperTrophy
Illustrator:
Diamond, Donna
Author:
Paterson, Katherine
Author:
Diamond, Donna
Author:
by Katherine Paterson and Donna Diamond
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Subject:
Social Situations - Death & Dying
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Childrens classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
10 x 8.75 in 24.80 oz
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 208 pages HarperTrophy - English 9780060734015 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

"Synopsis" by , Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his 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 girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.

That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits. Then one morning a terrible tragedy occurs. Only when Jess is able to come to grips with this tragedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him.

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