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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
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Jun 04, 07

bookshelves: childrens-teen
Read in January, 1984

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 that age that I got it from the library after the first day she read it to us and finished it by myself later that night. (Admittedly, this was not uncommon behavior for me. I did not like reading at other people's paces.) Of course, this meant I got to cry twice, and also spend the intervening time trying not to cry because I knew what was coming.

The characters are engaging. The story is memorable even 25 years later. But this is the book that taught me two important lessons: do not trust Katherine Paterson as far as you can see her, and do not trust fourth grade teachers, either.
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message 4: by Eva (new)

Eva I think we must have had the same 4th grade teacher! Lol


Katie I bet your teacher went to teach 8th grade reading to me! We spent the entire year reading nonfiction and sci-fi about nuclear war, and this was during the 80's arms race. I'll never forgive her!

Totally agree with you about Paterson (and I like her stuff). Never read it without chocolate, or beer.


message 2: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Krueger We read it in 4th grade too! I still think about it. I'll have to read it again!


Tiffany Allen This exactly how I feel about this book. Why did they decide that fourth graders could deal with this type of reality check?


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