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Bridge To Terabithia

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  257,621 ratings  ·  6,737 reviews
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
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published 2007 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 1977)
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Stella I read this book by sitting and listening to Jess Aarons telling me the story of Terabithia because that makes it seem more real, and I would not want…moreI read this book by sitting and listening to Jess Aarons telling me the story of Terabithia because that makes it seem more real, and I would not want to live in a world without Jess Aarons and Leslie Burkes. No one does.(less)
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Elaine
Aug 20, 2007 Elaine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 9-100
When I read this in fourth grade, I loved it because it was enchanting, and reminded me very much of 'secret hideouts' I made with friends at the same age. When I read it again later in life, aloud to my younger brother and sister ages 10 and 12, I was choking back tears to keep reading aloud, and they were crying. If you've never read it (or, I suppose now, seen the movie) beware, this review is a spoiler! What I have learned from this book is that our assumptions about children and what is "ap ...more
Elizabeth
Aug 15, 2013 Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids
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thefourthvine
This is one of the books that taught me that Books Can Hurt. It was part of what I now consider to be my fourth grade teacher's reign of terror - she read Where the Red Fern Grows and Bridge to Terabithia out loud to us (and those are just the books I was in her class for), and I seriously think she did it for the days when, inevitably, the entire class would spend the afternoon weeping at our desks.

That said, though - and it needed to be said - this is a good book; it was so engaging to me at t
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Alejandro
This is absolutely a great book. I loved to read it!

I don't know if you ever watch the film from 2007, if you do, but you haven't read the book, I can tell you that the movie is a good adaptation BUT it can mislead you in the "fantasy" factor, even I used that label in my review but only because, at this moment, I don't have a better label to describe the book in a fair way.

I tell you all that since in the film, they gave a lot of emphasis and screen time to all "those magic creatures", however,
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Even when I was 12, I thought this was a crap book.

What's with all the hype? This was so fucking boring. I read this in 6th grade, during a time when I was prone to sobbing at anything. We watched Ben Hur in class and I cried like a baby. I don't even remember why.

We read Where the Red Fern Grows aloud in class and I was sobbing in front of everyone. I didn't shed a single fucking tear for this book.
Jon
Mar 30, 2008 Jon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school curriculums
Shelves: children-s-lit
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Kirk
There are only two books that have made me cry. Granted, I was in sixth grade when I read this for the first time. But like most books I review on Goodreads, I sat down to read this again before posting my review. My sentiments about Bridge to Terabithia haven't changed much.

I don't remember a lot from my pre-teen years. Little fragments crop up from time to time when I see an old commercial on Youtube or I play an 8-bit classic on my Wii. This book I remember. And as I re-read it I started reca
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Thom
Bridge to Terabithia -

I'm a grown man and I cried the duration of the last fifty pages. I gave this book five stars, here's why:

It is absolutely incredible that a writer can invent a character, and bring him to life so convincingly that we find some of our deepest emotions aroused when we read black words on a white page. I was amazed at how deeply I felt towards some the characters in this book...fictional characters!

Character development is absolutely masterful in Bridge to Terabithia. It is
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Denise
Lines I loved:

Lark Creek was the backwash of fashion. It took them a long time to accept there what everyone could see by their TV’s was OK anywhere else.

It made Jess ache inside to watch his dad grab the little ones to his shoulder, or lean down and hug them. It seemed to him that he had been thought too big for that since the day he was born.

It was the beginning of a new season in his life, and he chose deliberately to make it so.

Gary Fulcher could go to you-know-where and warm his toes.

Even a
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K.D. Absolutely
May 03, 2014 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Jzhunagev, Joyzi
Shelves: ya
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Rob
Dec 31, 2008 Rob rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids who want their hearts broken.
Shelves: fiction
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Sara
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Res
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Bonnie
Janusz Korczak Medal (Poland) 1981
Silver Pencil Award (Netherlands) 1981
Newbery Medal 1978
ALA Notable Children's Books 1977
School Library Journal Best Book of 1977
Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, 1978
Le Grand Prix des Jeunes Lecturs (France), 1986
1986 Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award

Note also that on the American Library Association Reading List: Bridge to Terabithia (along with Tuck Everlasting) is one of six books recommended for 9-12 year-old children. This is especially heartening sin
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Jonathan

For the record I am not an outwardly emotional person. Okay, let me get that right. I can be a bubbly energetic or excited individual from time to time. Of course, that isn't what I meant. I'm quite a content, optimistic kind of person so I am emotionally driven - very much so. What I mean to say is that I thrive in my life as a laconic, down to earth kind of person. I'm laid back and when it comes to outward expressions of emotion I tend to internalise. I would still consider myself an extrover
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Laurel
I enjoyed revisiting this childhood classic. I first read it at the recommendation of our local librarian when I was in 5th grade. I remember being a bit annoyed with her afterward because it made me cry. Hearing the story now 26 years later and knowing what to expect, I still got teary-eyed.

The audio version contains an interview with the author and her son, which I found quite interesting. Having first read the book at age 10, I didn't pay much attention to the dedication page. Apparently, tho
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Swaps55
Aug 29, 2007 Swaps55 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: young-adult
This, along with Where the Red Fern Grows, probably impacted me the most growing up. The really good books, regardless of genre or audience, make such an imprint on you that you can recall certain lines or moments with perfect clarity. This books so perfectly renders its characters, settings, and imagination of these two characters that it simply takes your breath away. As I recall, her prose is not flowery and ornate, but as plain and simple as Jess, and as life-changing as Leslie. It's the cla ...more
Stepheny
Apparently I have been living under a rock my entire life because I had never even heard of Bridge to Terabithia before a friend of mine brought it up in conversation one day. She says, it’s a short read, I’ll bring you in my copy. Sure! I replied!

I had been under the impression that this was a children’s fantasy book and therefore had visions of Narnia dancing in my head. A few weeks after she had given me her copy I told her I would finally be getting around to it (I was finishing up a book I
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Wendy ~M/M Junkie~
I have been challenged to
write a rhyming review.
I began to think....
What book should I do?
How 'bout a favorite just for you.

Jess likes to run
but not just for fun.
He's wanted so long to be #1.

To outrun them all,
be the best in the fall.

He has practiced all summer,
Oh Man! What a bummer!

She came up so fast
like a blast from the past.

She outran the boys,
like they were playing with toys.

Such was the way that Jess had met Leslie.

In spite of their start,
they became hard to part,
finding they both
had a gra
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Jennifer
I have finished my first reading of Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. While my son was reading this book for school, his enthusiasm prompted me to read it as well with the plan that we would watch the film adaptation together afterwards. How could I resist???? Bridge to Terabithia is just a great book, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it offers some very important lessons to it's young readers. It addresses gender stereotypes/roles, spirituality, bullying, friendship, individ ...more
Elizabeth
This was my favorite book as a girl. I read it over and over and over! A beautiful little story that introduces children to loss and, in a way, how to deal.
Brandy
Apr 01, 2008 Brandy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
The movie got so much hype that I decided that I would read the book to my kids before letting them see the movie. I hate how so many movies are comming out about classic books. I personally feel it is discouraging kids to read. I understand that lots of movies are based on books, but it seems that a new trend is to make movies based on really popular books. Anyway, I wanted my kids to hear the book before seeing the movie. I actually wasn't impressed with this book at all. It moved pretty slowl ...more
Madeline
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Waffle...♥
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Monique
Bridge to Terabithia, while quite an easy read, is replete with life's lessons, especially on loss, death, and friendships. The plot centers around the friendship between its main protagonists, fifth-graders Jess Aarons and Leslie Burke, who, together, create an imaginary kingdom they christen Terabithia, where they would escape and pretend to be royalty. That is, until tragedy strikes...

They're not really school outcasts per se, but Jess and Leslie find comfort in each other's company ~ a situ
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Bonnie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Library Checkout

[Warning: This review contains spoilers. Sorry! It's incredibly difficult to discuss this story without including them.]

'He thought later how peculiar it was that here was probably the biggest thing in his life, and he had shrugged it off as nothing.'

Jess Aarons lives in the small town of Lark Creek. He's spent his summer leading up to the fifth grade practicing on being the fastest runner in the school. With shock and amazement he's beaten in the f
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
A re-read from my childhood, because I wanted to read it again before seeing the movie. I am still curious to see what these huge fantastical creatures I see in the previews are like, because the way I read the book, the friends are simply pretending, not living in a fantasy world. To me, it's different. But we shall see. I still think this is the only book that has ever made me cry while reading it.

ETA: I can't believe I reviewed this without mentioning that my best friend and I created our own
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Polly
Bridge to Terabithia is a touching story that reveals family, advanture and friendship. Jesse Arons lives in a family with four sisters so it was like the more takes over the less. He uses stuff his sisters pass down and even wear old shoes his sisters don’t want. He lived in a consider poor family. He has amazing artistic skill but a quiet and shy personality. When a neighbor of his moved in, he met Leslie the new girl which also in his school beats all the boys in running. They become best fr ...more
Astraea
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Carol
Oh, what a sad but wonderful little coming of age novella. Jesse and Leslie's improbable friendship grows to be so special as they learn from each other while reigning as King and Queen of their imaginary kingdom along with the help of Prince Terrion the dog (PT). When tragedy occurs, which will rip your heart out, Jesse ultimately finds the strength and courage to accept loss and carry on as he (view spoiler) What ...more
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People are always asking me questions I don't have answers for. One is, "When did you first know that you wanted to become a writer?" The fact is that I never wanted to be a writer, at least not when I was a child, or even a young woman. Today I want very much to be a writer. But when I was ten, I wanted to be either a movie star or a missionary. When I was twenty, I wanted t
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