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Bridge to Terabithia

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  396,171 ratings  ·  11,101 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 January 1st 1996 by Trumpet Club Special Edition (first published October 21st 1977)
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Cassidy The best part of this book is Jess and Leslie's friendship. More specifically, the important impact that it has on Jess's life in the end of the book.…moreThe best part of this book is Jess and Leslie's friendship. More specifically, the important impact that it has on Jess's life in the end of the book. The fact that Leslie is such a positive presence is the reason Jess is able to cope with the horrible troubles he is faced with in the end of the book. Also, as a whole, this book doesn't have any one dimensional characters. For example Jess's teacher and bully both have their own hardships that they are also trying to overcome. (less)
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Elaine
Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Whitney Atkinson
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
You would think that even after seeing the movie and knowing how this ends I wouldn't cry, but here I am.
This book was very enjoyable! I can't remember if I read it as a kid, but it was definitely worth reading now that I'm older.
The writing is pretty and gives you a very country-vibe with vibrant imagery and cozy settings, but I felt like the characters lacked a lot of description. Maybe it’s a children’s book and i’m not used to the shorter pace, but it felt like a lot more needed to be flesh
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Elizabeth
Oct 25, 2006 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids
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Lola
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh, middle-grade

The movie is far more worth it.
thefourthvine
Jun 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-teen
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
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, drama
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, first of her name, mother of 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.
C.G. Drews
No, I'm not crying. There's just a log in my eye.

Okay, so I read this YEARS ago. Maybe when I was 14? I saw the movie first and that absolutely ruined me. I think this is about my 3rd reread, which proves this book is timeless. As well as, you know, heart ripping. I thought I'd be okay reading this. BUT I WASN'T. I JUST WAS NOT. I JUST ABOUT CHOKED UP WHEN THE DAD SAID:
"Lord, boy, don't be a fool. God ain't gonna send any little girls to hell.

I don't know why. But I really just started crying t
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Steven Brown
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't see how a middle grade book can do this to somebody.
Kirk
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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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Jon
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: middle school curriculums
Shelves: children-s-lit
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Thom
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
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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D.M. Dutcher
Apr 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Jim
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I've seen this book on various lists for years, I never got around to reading it & had no clue what it was about. I was in the Army when it was published. I know one or two of my kids read it, but it was one of the rare books that I didn't at least skim. (I think my wife read it, instead.) When I first started listening to it this morning, I didn't really get into it at first. It's well written, but wasn't really my thing. Still, it was short & I've been meaning to get around to it ...more
Rob
Dec 31, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Kids who want their hearts broken.
Shelves: fiction
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K.D. Absolutely
Nov 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Jzhunagev, Joyzi
Shelves: ya
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Denise
Apr 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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Jonathan Terrington

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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Madeline
Feb 04, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Sara
Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Res
Jun 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
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Asghar Abbas
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This book will make you cry, period. Not by employing any manipulative sentimentality, but by being honest. It is a rare thing to be so affected by fictional characters like this. This book saw the birth of a friendship; friendship in truest sense of the word. A perfect example of give and take; a balanced mutuality based on respect. And we almost witnessed the evolution of that friendship into something more potent, profound, altering and everlasting. But just then we helplessly watch the abrup
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Alissa Patrick
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook reread.

I read this is 5th grade and the story has stuck with me all of these years. For me its the quintessential book about the innocence of childhood, but also about the moment when you realize you cannot stay in that innocence bubble forever, and how hard that is.

I cannot wait to share this story with my kids.
Bonnie
May 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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Candace
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book during my Children's Literature class in college. It's an excellent book.
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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Laurel
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
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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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
jv poore
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I remember reading this when I was very young (thanks, Julie!). I couldn't remember particulars of the story, but the impact of the book never left me.

Currently in a re-reading phase, I was curious to see how I would feel about the book now.....more than 30 years after it was first published. To say that "it has stood the test of time" would be a disservice. And the impact? To borrow from @ericsmithrocks: "ugly crying".

Knowledge, in this case, was not power. It still felt like a punch-to-the-gu
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Tatevik Najaryan
When I was at school, I was invisible, a girl with bushy hair with her nose in the books to be mocked and teased. Then I grew up to understand that it's good to be different, that blending in is not the only way out. I wish I understood it from the beginning.

As for the terrors ahead - for he did not fool himself that they were all behind him - well, you just have to stand up to your fear and not let it squeeze you white. Right, Leslie?
Right.
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