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Bridge to Terabithia [Paperback]

By Katherine Paterson (Author) & Donna Diamond (Illustrator)
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Item description for Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson & Donna Diamond...

Jess copes with tragedy by going to a secret kingdom in the woods invented by newcomer Leslie Burke.

Publishers Description

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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Awards and Recognitions
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson & Donna Diamond has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Colorado Blue Spruce Award - 1986 Winner - Young Adult category
  • Virginia Readers Choice Award - 1983 Winner - Elementary category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson & Donna Diamond has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 967
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 542
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/1995 page 502
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 557
  • Booklist - 10/01/1993 page 335
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 517
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 508
  • School Library Journal - 01/01/2000
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 689
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 739

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 17, 1987
Publisher   HarperTrophy
Age  9-15
ISBN  0064401847  
ISBN13  9780064401845  
UPC  046594004956  

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More About Katherine Paterson & Donna Diamond

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books, including 16 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, forBridge to Terabithiain 1978 andJacob Have I Lovedin 1981.The Master Puppeteerwon the National Book Award in 1977 andThe Great Gilly Hopkinswon the National Book Award in 1979 and was also a Newbery Honor Book. For the body of her work she received the Hans Christian Anderson Award in 1998, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2006, and in 2000 was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.
She is a vice-president of theNational Children s Book and Literacy Allianceand is a member of the board of trustees forVermont College of Fine Arts. She is also a honorary lifetime member of theInternational Board of Books for Young Peopleand an Alida Cutts lifetime member of the US section, USBBY. She is the 2010-2011National Ambassador for Young People s Literature."

Katherine Paterson currently resides in Barre, in the state of Vermont.

Katherine Paterson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Aladdin Classics
  2. Picture Puffin Books

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Reviews - What do customers think about Bridge to Terabithia?

Bridge to Terabithia Recommmendation  Jun 9, 2008
Bridge to Teribithia is a great book! It is about friendship. Jesse, the main character lives with his four sisters, momma, and papa. When Leslie moves in next door, Jesse's life was changed. Jesse and Leslie started Teribithia, an imaginary kingdom where they rule as king and queen.At the end of the book, Leslie mysteriously dies, and Jesse feels like his life is over. May Belle, one of his sisters, becomes queen of Teribithia.

This book is truly great. Jesse stuggles with his life every day. That makes the story more exciting. Katherine Paterson wrote a great story. She wrote it with suspensing moments. This book is good for people of all ages.
What can I say?  Jun 6, 2008
In the Bridge to Terabithia Jess is a 5th grade boy who loves to run. Jess spent a lot of his summer running so when the day that the 5th grade boys raced at school he would win and finally stand out. The day of the race was finally there some of the 5th grade boys got the starting line. All of a sudden Leslie the new girl, joined them in the race . The race started and all of them took off jess was in the lead but Leslie passed him, and ended up beating jess and the rest of the boys. This started a great friendship between Leslie and jess, which was full of excitement, sadness, and adventure.
Bridge to Kcs  May 12, 2008
What if you could go away to a special that, a land where you had to imangine everything to see it. Well this is the land of Terabithia, Jess and Leslie. Jesses Oliver Aaron, Jr. is in the the fifth grade and want to be the fastest runner in his class. He is also a very good artist. Leslie Burke is also in the fifth grade, and she is the fastest in the class. She has a strong imagination mind. This takes place in sort of earlier times, Terabithia, Lark Creed Elemantary, and in Jesses Farm.
Jesses wasn't the person anyone wanted to hang around and wasn't very social. Until he met Leslie who completley change the way how he saw everything and slowly started changing. The theme is that when something bad happends, you can't let it affect your present life. You have to let go and move on. Brige to Terathita, what the title means is that, basically all it was, was a brige to get to Terabithia.
Leslie moves into the house next to Jesses. They don't talk to each other at first, but then when they start school they see each other again. They still don't talk, Leslie wants to have friends but Jesses doesn't. One day Leslie talks to Jesses, they don't really understand each other at first, but as they spend more time together they become better friends everyday. One day something horrible happen and to find out read the book.
This book was very easy to read. The pacing starts off really slow then speeds up alittle. This was from a third person view. I think that this was written is a Christian Perspective. I recommend this to people who want to finish a book fast for no reason.

Bridge to Magic, Tears and Laughter  Mar 25, 2008
I only just read (twice) Bridge to Terabithia - a book that many people read as a kid, and I'm nearly thirty. I saw the movie first and then I just had to read it, too. And I'm so glad I did! It's funny how you can relate to a ten year old kid at this age, but also wonderful to realize you can. With all the magic (that is really just a child's imagination) the story is so real it's impossible not to feel you're re-living some parts of your childhood, which I found somehow comforting. The book is beautifully written, and when it all seems so serious you're surprised by a line that will make you laugh out loud. In the middle of the night, in my case.
A place, just for us.  Feb 25, 2008
I almost cried, and I'm not the crying type. I'm the kind of man who breaks things with sledge hammers and swordfights in the backyard. And despite my best effort, my eyes started sweating.

Ten-year-old Jesse Oliver Aarons Jr. wants to be the fastest boy at Lark Creek Elementary. The biggest event on the school playground is the races, and Jesse only won once all last year. So all summer long, he wakes up early each morning to go running, before coming home and milking the cow. It's going to be his be secret, his glorious claim to fame. Summer's ending, school's starting back up, and Jesse's going to win.

Then Leslie Burke moves into the old Perkins place down the street (her parents are "reassessing their value structure). And even though she obliterates the boys in the races and ruins the fun for the whole year, she and Jesse find a way to become friends. The best of friends.

"Do you know what we need?" Leslie asks him. "We need a place, just for us. It would be so secret that we would never tell anyone in the whole world about it."

And Terabithia is born. A place of imagination and friendship, secrets and love. A place where an ordinary boy and girl can rule as king and queen, inventing adventures that they can enjoy together. A place to escape from family and friends who won't let you be who you want to be. A place that can only be entered by swinging across an enchanted rope.

The resulting story is a moving look into the grief one experiences after a tragic accident. With careful and elegant brushstrokes, Peterson paints a canvas rich with the vibrancy of youth, the depth of friendship, and the dark hues of religion and life that sometimes color our journey through life.

If you haven't read this one, treat yourself to a quality novel. 1978 Newbery Award Winner, BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA is worth the time.

--- Reviewed by Jonathan Stephens

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