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Bridge to Terabithia

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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
Kindle Edition, The 40th Anniversary Edition, 190 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins (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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Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Whitney Atkinson
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
Oct 25, 2006 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids
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I'm heading out into the backyard now, in the dark, with a flashlight, a shovel, and my paperback copy of Bridge to Terabithia. I'm going to be careful not to dig a hole in the same place where I've buried Old Yeller, but to give this book its very own sacred burial space.

When I come back inside, I will inform my 11-year-old daughter that we are never going to talk about this book again.

“Never,” she will say.

We will look at each other and nod in agreement. We will never talk about this book aga
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
My damn heart is broken 😭😭😭😭😭😭

This book broke my heart and left me in tears when I finished up reading it. And I was not expecting it to be this sad and devastating in the end as I went into this children's classic blindly.

The story tells about the blooming friendship between two kids, Jesse Aarons, and his new neighbour, Leslie Burke, two lonely kids. Jess being the only male child in his family and expected to take care of errands and his sisters; Leslie being an outcast and bullied at school.
Jun 04, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, novel
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,
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
Steven Brown
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't see how a middle grade book can do this to somebody. ...more
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
D.M. Dutcher
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Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-books
I read this for Middle Grade March.
I’d never heard of this one before it was recommended to me.
It’s a very sad poignant story. Grief.

It’s magical and mystical in parts.

The ending caught me off guard. Yes, there was tears.
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school curriculums
Shelves: children-s-lit
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Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, audiobook
Needing a short book before beginning another major reading challenge, I turned to this piece by Katherine Paterson. It’s one I enjoyed in upper elementary, though many of the details have slipped my mind, which makes a re-read all the more justifiable. Jess Aarons is eager to begin the fifth grade. He hopes to finally be able to call himself the fastest boy in school, having risen early to practice all summer long. When a new family moves in next door, Jess is curious to see what to make of the ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
Bridge to Terabithia is a work of children's literature about two lonely children who create a magical forest kingdom in their imaginations. It was written by Katherine Paterson and was published in 1977 by Thomas Crowell. In 1978, it won the Newbery Medal. Paterson drew inspiration for the novel from a real event that occurred in August 1974 when her son's friend was struck dead by lightning.
In the novel, Paterson illustrates the life of an artistic young
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
”You never know ahead of time what something’s really going to be like”

(Cropped from the paperback cover illustration: Puffin Books, 2015)

Yes, I cried so much I couldn’t properly see to finish the last chapter.

I clearly remember watching the movie back in 2007, the rich imagined world and that adventure Leslie and Jess created for themselves. But for the life of me I could not remember how it all ended. So I grabbed the book of my shelf and decided to find out.
Now I know that I mentally blocked
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, so I k ...more
Apr 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 31, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids who want their hearts broken.
Shelves: fiction
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A lovely book that has stood the test of time.

2020: Read this aloud to the kids as it's on the Battle of the Books list this year for my daughter. I had forgotten how much is covered in such a slim book, yet how fast it goes. Also the casual cruelty of both Jess's family and bullies at school, not to mention how Leslie and Jess retaliate. Interesting.
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Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
A world created by the mind. A nice story for children and children like. Almost same with the movie but still it's nice to imagine the world in the words.

A 3stars rating for life is not sometimes all imagination we have to face reality what it is.
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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Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Touching story that took me back to a place of imagination from my own childhood. The author took me on a journey of memory, imagination and eventual transformation while feeling a myriad of emotions. Wonderful narration by Robert Sean Leonard whose name and voice I recognized from the medical TV series, "House."

My favorite passages come from Jesse's dawning realization of Leslie's impact on his life, as he transitions through various emotions and reaches understanding and acceptance:

"She had
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
I remember watching the movie for this book when I was a kid and finding it the most wondrous thing. This story has influenced my life far more than I can express. Reading the book brought all those memories and dreams back, right when I needed them most. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever been a kid before, and dreamed, and wished, and had friends, and lost them, and desired beyond belief to have them back.
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
Lauren Lanz
I first took a liking to this book because Jesse is a runner. He reminded me of my younger self, as I was always proud to run cross country and perform as starter for my school’s relay racing team. His passion resonated with me deeply, which was lovely.

“Sometimes it seemed to him that his life was delicate as a dandelion. One little puff from any direction, and it was blown to bits.”

Bridge to Terabithia follows a friendship between a young boy and girl, Jesse and Leslie. The two beco
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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