Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

eBook - 2009
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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. Together they create Terabithia, 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.
Publisher: [New York] : PerfectBound, 2009.
ISBN: 9780061832642
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.


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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... Read More »

Two lonely children create an imaginary kingdom and a timeless bond. Ages 8+

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Mar 12, 2021

Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer to become the fastest runner in fifth grade. When the time of the race comes, a new girl joins the race and beats Jess Aarons. The two kids soon become friends and soon begin to spend a lot of their time together in the woods near Leslie's house. Unfortunately, a tragedy occurs to Leslie, and Jess is left to deal with his grief with his family and other friends. The concept of this book was amazing, making it a great read. The uniqueness of Jess and Leslie's imagination forming Terabithia adds to how engaged I was while reading the story. Overall, Bridge to Terabithia is an interesting and casual read, making it a great book.

Sep 30, 2020

Bridge of Terabithia has a really interesting plot. It’s about a guy named Jess who’s dream is to become the fastest runner in his grade. He practices over summer vacation and dedicates himself to his goal. Someone unexpected appears and she outruns everyone. They first start off not liking each other but then start to bond. Together they create their own magical world called Terabithia. Sadly, one day that dream comes to an end. Jesse decides to move on with what he has gained from Leslie. I really like how the heroine tries to become strong and not let his past pull him down. The plot is a bit different from other stories so it may seem boring but slowly the character development is spot on.

Sep 19, 2020

This book left me in tears, but I will never regret reading the book. Even though I am 13 and only read this for school, I still loved it. I am usually into supernatural fiction and romance, so I didn't think this book was right for me. But I loved it so much that I am going to buy it so it has a home in my bookshelf. The author of this book wrote this in a easy-to-understand type of format. Even though it seems like this book is made for kids from the beginning, this book could be read at any age. When it said "terrible tragedy", I didn't know that "terrible tragedy" would change my aspect on life and make me a better person, just like Jess befriended someone who didn't have anyone. This book will always be one of my favorites, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about reading it.

Sep 08, 2020

Bridge to Terabithia is about a boy named Jesse Aaron who finds his life boring and frustrating all until Leslie Burke moves next door. At first Jesse finds her annoying and a bit of a show off, but that soon changes once they get to know each other. Leslie and Jesse create an imaginary world called Terabithia in the forest near their homes. Terabithia is inhabited by all sorts of magical creatures. From unicorn to bridge trolls, giants, and phoenixes. As difficulties pour into their innocent lives Jesse and Leslie spend their days ruling Terabithia as King and Queen. Soon one of the children's reality crumbles into bits after the great tragedy, and is forced to leave their kingdom and face their crippling grief.

Jul 22, 2020

Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson, is a book about Jess Aarons, a kid who aspires to be the fastest boy in the fifth grade. However, those dreams are dashed when his new neighbor Leslie Burke wins the race against all the boys in fifth grade. Even after this defeat, the two eventually become friends, and Jess becomes a stronger person because of the friendship. With the imagination of Leslie, the two friends create a kingdom and dub themselves the king and queen. The name of this kingdom is Terabithia, which is in the woods near their houses.

I really enjoyed this story. I read it in fifth grade, and many years later I can safely say it is still one of my favorite books. Paterson was able to create a beautiful story about the power of friendship and how it can be used to help transform someone into a stronger and more courageous person. She also has relatable characters in the story, which helps the reader feel involved in the life of the main characters and become invested in the story. This book explores themes such as friendship, gender roles, and identity. Through Leslie, Jess is able to learn how to be himself and chase his own dreams, despite society and its expectations. This book perfectly represents the childhood imagination that many have, and it can have the power to transform people into more secure versions of themselves. Not many stories use imagination in their books, but Paterson is able to do it perfectly in this book.

Lovestoread5 Apr 19, 2020

A very good book dealing with friendship, loss, adjustment, and moving forward with a thread of imagination throughout the entire book.

Aug 22, 2019

Bridge to teribithia was a book that I read in grade five. That book remained one of my favourites that entire year. Re-reading it now four years later was like stepping back into my past mind. The book is so well written and the emotions are so well expressed! Overall I would recommend this book to literally anyone, it's a very good read.

Jun 28, 2019

So well written. The author captures each of the character's voices in an understated but powerful way. Sad, but in a good way, if that is possible.

Apr 10, 2018

I read this for the "A Childhood Favorite" part of my 2018 reading challenge. It certainly sucked me in right away, then left me feeling lost and confused at the end. I was not expecting it to be so sad.

DBRL_KrisA Jul 22, 2017

In 1977, when this book was published, I was 10 years old - the same age as Jess and Leslie in the book. And if I had read the book that year, I think I would have found a lot in common with Jess - the inability to fit in, the interest in things artistic and fantastic, but also the need to keep that side hidden for fear of being made fun of. Yes, I think 10 year old me would have really enjoyed this book.
Reading it at almost-50, I do have some issues - the first part of the book moves so slowly, and it's almost formulaic in the "local boy has no friends but a new kid moves into the old house next door and teaches him all about life". And I knew (I just knew!) that something bad was going to happen to Jess or to Leslie. But the events that do happen are so beautifully and tenderly written. And the last couple of paragraphs had me literally in tears.

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Jun 22, 2016

Jess Aaron's wanted to be the fastest runner in 5th grade, he has been preparing for the "race" since summer started and now he is ready to go, but that all changes when he meets Leslie Burke, who shows him that imagination can change his life. They make an imaginative kingdom called Terabithia and have many adventures along the way. Then a terrible accident happens... leaving all of us in shock and despair.

May 02, 2013

jesse gets a grade 5 boy going through poverty gets a light in his life when his new neighbor leslie moves in the create a magical world they name Terabithia but sadly leslie tries to go to teribithia by herself and drowns in the river jesse has to overcome the sad loss and in her honor builds a bridge across the river.

lms May 30, 2008

"Jesse's colourless rural world expands when he becomes fascinated with Leslie, the new girl in school. But when Leslie drowns trying to reach their home Terabithia, Jesse struggles to accept the loss of his friend." (Novelist Review)


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Mar 24, 2017

" Just close your eyes, but keep your mind wide open"
- Leslie Burke


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