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Bridge to Terabithia

Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. The two become fast friends and spend most days in the woods behind Leslie’s house, where they invent an enchanted land called Terabithia. One morning, Leslie goes to Terabithia without Jess and a tragedy occurs. It will take the love of his family and the strength that Leslie has given him for Jess to be able to deal with his grief.

Bridge to Terabithia was also named an ALA Notable Children’s Book and has become a touchstone of children’s literature.

Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Paterson


  • Recommended class reader for grades 4 – 6
  • English Home Language & First Additional Language
  • ISBN: 9780141359786

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.



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Review of Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.


“Bridge to Terabithia” is a young adult novel by Katherine Paterson that tells the story of two fifth-graders, Jess and Leslie, who create an imaginary kingdom in the woods behind their homes. The story explores the themes of friendship, loss, and the power of imagination.

The novel is set in the rural countryside of Virginia, USA and it’s a coming-of-age story of two children who form an unlikely friendship and create a magical, secret world together. The two main characters, Jess and Leslie, are both outsiders in their own ways, and they find solace and acceptance in each other and in the world they create together.

One of the strengths of the novel is the character development of the two main characters, Jess and Leslie. Paterson does an excellent job of creating fully-formed, relatable characters who change and grow throughout the story. The reader is able to see their struggles and triumphs, and their friendship is very well developed, making the novel feel very authentic and genuine.

The novel is also notable for its ability to tackle difficult themes such as loss and grief in a way that is both honest and sensitive. Paterson does not shy away from the darker aspects of the story, but she is also able to convey a sense of hope and healing that makes the novel feel uplifting and empowering.

“Bridge to Terabithia” was first published in 1977 and has since become a classic in children’s literature, winning the Newbery Medal. It’s a novel that is generally recommended for readers between the ages of 8-12.


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