Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia. Katherine Paterson. Crowll, 1977. 128 pages.

Summary:

Jess Aarons has been training all summer long to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. But when Leslie Burke moves into the farmhouse next door, Jess discovers that she’s the fastest runner in the fifth grade. Leslie is a tomboy and unlike any other girl Jess has known, and the two becomes best friends. They create their own kingdom in the woods that they name Terabithia. In Terabithia, they are king and queen. The only way Jess and Leslie can get to Terabithia is by swinging on a rope across a creek bed. One day when Jess is at the National Gallery with his favorite teacher, Leslie is killed the rope they use to swing across the creek breaks. Jess struggles with grief, but eventually decides to build a bridge to Terabithia and share the secret kingdom with his little sister.

Review/personal thoughts:

I first read Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia in fifth or sixth grade, I believe, and I remember being devastated by Leslie’s accidental death. However, though the book was emotionally challenging for me back then (and, honestly, still is today!), I also remember really liking it. Bridge to Terabithia is a beautiful story of fantasy, true friendship, and yes, loss. It’s a classic novel that everyone tween should read as they will grown and learn from Jess’ grief.

Genre: contemporary realistic

Reading/interest level: ages 9 and up

Awards:

Newbery Medal

Virginia Readers’ Choice Award

Similar titles: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s