“Powers of imagination...”This Newbury Award-winning classic is worth revisiting, if for its healing powers of imagination in the face of unfathomable tragedy alone.
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
Topics: Family, Grief, Virginia, Forest, Rural, Illustrated, Realistic, Friendship, Death, Made into a Movie, Coming of Age, Bullying, Childhood, Drowning, Creativity, Haunting, Outcasts, and Realism
This probably isn't fair, but I have seen the film as a little girl and it has always broke my heart. The motion picture is pretty loyal to the original novel, which made the reading experience in itself weird because I knew what was going to happen all along the way. I wonder if my overall opinion would have been different had I not seen the film before.
I like the kids' friendship in the book, it is fresh and sweet, but never overly exciting. The book is undoubtedly short so there isn't much space to get attached to these characters you never fully get to engage with. I found that the family ties from Jess' side could have been deeper explored. When it comes to Leslie, I disliked how she was this dream girl who fell from the sky. I like my characters with flaws.
About the fantasy elements, I didn't care much about them. The kids find a place for themselves called Terabithia where they go to be by themselves and where they are rulers. I loved the idea of having such a place, how comforting for these two to have a place to lay down and act like themselves, among someone whose company they enjoy.
It is not a bad book, it just didn't mean much after I closed it down.read more