Bridge to Terabithia

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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The 40th anniversary edition of the classic Newbery Medal-winning title by beloved author Katherine Paterson, with brand-new bonus materials including an author's note by Katherine herself and a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Kate DiCamillo. 

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.

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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I wrote my review immediately after closing the book, while I was still in tears. After a day, I realized there were other things I want to say so I'm editing it. Actually, pretty much re-writing it ... Read full review

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Wonderful coming of age story. Two lonely young children become friends and create an imaginary world they can escape to: Terabithia. They are the king and queen of Terabithia, with a little puppy as ... Read full review

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Leslie Burke 13
The Fastest Kid in the Fifth Gracie 28
Rulers of Terabithia 43
The Giant Killers 72
The Perfect Day 141
Stranded 166
Building the Bridge 176

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Katherine Paterson is one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved authors. Among her many awards are two Newberys and two National Book Awards, and she was recently named a "Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. She has been published in more than 22 languages in a variety of formats, from picture books to historical novels.

Donna Diamond has illustrated numerous children's books, including The Day of the Unicorn by Mollie Hunter and Riches by Esther Hautzig, as well as many book jackets. She lives in Riverdale, NY.

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