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October 17, 2008

Bridge to Terabithia

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Bridge to Terabithia

Author: Katherine Paterson

Page Length: 163

Reading Level: 6

Genre: Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: Jess is a fifth grader. His greatest ambitions in life so far have been to be the fastest runner in 5th grade (something he practices by running around the pasture in the morning) and to figure how to please his father (something that seems impossible). It looks to be another typical year until a new neighbor moves in. Leslie Burke isn’t the typical neighbor. She’s a girl, and her parents have moved to a rural error to get away.

Jess and Leslie become great friends. They play together and Leslie’s vast imagination takes them into the world of Terabithia. In this world they are the king and queen and rule of spirits and other beings. Their imagination takes them away each day to a magical place. One day something tragic happens. Terabithia and Jess may never be the same again.

REVIEW: I saw the movie before I read this book (and I found the movie disappointing because it was all supposed to be imagined and it did not seem well connected). Reading the book is of course better than watching the movie. The book is entertaining – especially for readers who enjoy fantasy.

AREAS FOR TEACHING: description, imagery, word choice in writing, use of a thesaurus, plot development, author’s purpose

TOUCHY AREAS-PAGES: accident resulting in the death of child

RELATED BOOKS: Jacob Have I Loved, Jip: His Story, The King’s Equal, The Great Gilly Hopkins


RELATED MOVIES: “Bridge to Terabithia”


REVIEWED BY: Dayna Taylor

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