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Jess Aarons greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in the fifth 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 kid, a new girl, boldly crosses over to the boys side of the playground and outruns everyone. That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke became inseparable. It doesn't matter to Jess that Leslie dresses funny, or that her family has a lot of money -- but no TV. Leslie has imagination. Together, she and Jess create Terebithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits. Then one morning a terrible tragedy occurs. Only when Jess is able to come to grips with this tragedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him. Recommended for ages 9 and up. The 1978 Newbery Medal winner.
PLEASE NOTE: There is some language in this book, including swear words and taking the Lord's name in vain.
Number of Pages: 176
Publication Date: 1987
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
This Newbery Medal-winning novel by bestselling author Katherine Paterson is a modern classic of friendship and loss.
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.
In addition to being a Newbery Medal winner, Bridge to Terabithia was also named an ALA Notable Children's Book and has become a touchstone of children's literature, as have many of Katherine Paterson's other novels, including The Great Gilly Hopkins and Jacob Have I Loved.
Supports the Common Core State Standards
Katherine Paterson is one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved authors. Among her many awards are two Newberys and two National Book Awards, and she was recently named a "Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. She has been published in more than 22 languages in a variety of formats, from picture books to historical novels.Donna Diamond has illustrated numerous children's books, including The Day of the Unicorn by Mollie Hunter and Riches by Esther Hautzig, as well as many book jackets. She lives in Riverdale, NY.
“Eloquent and assured.”
15 Banned Books Every Tween and Teen Should Read
Big EarElkton, VAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Bridge to Terebit5hiaApril 18, 2016Big EarElkton, VAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A classic tale for children and teens. It is also a beautiful, albeit sad, story about growing up wheter you want to or not. It should be required reading for al middle school age children. I am in my eighties and still enjoyed it. Well written, factual and beutifully told. It shows that bad things happen but we can grow out of the ashes and move on.
There have been objections made because of language. Facee it people, 5th graders are little anials trying to become people. They say the wrong things and forget it the next minute. Admittedly the heroine's parents are not Christian parents, or really parents at all, but the Lord seems to have brought this girl into the life of this boy to bring him into the Light for himself and his sister. Don't question how God works even if it is not your way. His ways are higher.... Some of the greatest literature of the world offends the Christian sensibilities but as with fairy tales, you label them as inappropriate and fictiuonal and get the most out of them.
Nick Carter1 Stars Out Of 5Warning! Blasphemous Content!March 11, 2016Nick CarterQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1This is a book that contains blasphemy from the main character in dialogue. Warning to any other Christians that do not want to buy a product that contains blasphemy against the King of Kings. Thankfully this was established after the first chapter. I was reading this book out aloud to my child and was caught off guard. May this warning help any others who love the Lord.
Mom of SonsTexasAge: 35-44Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5This is an offensive book to ChristiansMay 2, 2013Mom of SonsTexasAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1My 4th grade son had to read this book in his Christian school.
The book uses the Lord's name in vain a lot! It also had swear words in it my son was unaware of. I stopped reading it with him when we got to the word b***h. The Christian parents are ignorant, unhappy and distant parents. The liberal non- believing parents are fun great parents. Spoiler alert-The only friend the boy has, a girl dies with out becoming a Christian. She is in 5th grade so it brings up the whole age of accountability issue. It has been on the ALA most banned or challenged books for the last 20 years. We were lucky because our Headmaster pulled the book when I brought it to his attention.
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