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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
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Aug 30, 2008

really liked it
Read in August, 2008

A novel for teenagers, won the Newbery medal 1977. A book about friendships in the 4th and 5th grades in a rural school somewhere in Virginia. A boy and girls become best friends despite harassment by other class members. They find a special place close to their houses called Terabithia. Fantasy, friendship, and tenderness. Delightful book that adults would enjoy. I liked the following quotation towards the end of the book: “It was Leslie who had taken him from the cow pasture into Terabithia and turned him into a king. He had thought that was it. Wasn’t a king the best you could be? Now it occurred to him that perhaps Terabithia was like a castle where you came to be knighted. After you stayed for awhile and grew strong you had to move on. For hadn’t Leslie, even in Terabithia, tried to push back the walls of his mind and make him see beyond to the shining world—huge and terrible and beautiful and very fragile?
Now it was time for him to move out. She wasn’t there, so he must go for both of them. It was up to him to pay back to the world in beauty and caring what Leslie had loaned him in vision and strength.”

Isn't that what life is about. I wish I had learned that in 5th grade.
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