Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Posted February 20, 2015 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine PatersonBridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Illustrator: Donna Diamond
Published by HarperCollins on May 6th 2003
Genres: Classics, Middle Grade
Pages: 163
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed
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five-stars

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 become 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 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.

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Plot:
This book was probably the most scarring thing I have ever read. It’s both the best and the worst. It’s beautiful and terrible.
This book affected me just as much now as it did when I was a kid. I completely broke down- at school and everything.
Leslie was the most perfect human being. She was strong and brave and kind. She was imaginative, generous, and full of love.. She was humble and brilliant and clever. She was perfect and I loved her just as much as Jess did.
Jess was wonderful. He wasn’t the smartest or even the fastest, but he loved Leslie and his sister May Belle. He recognized his faults and struggled with not being brave, but Leslie opened his eyes to the world and he was new. Leslie was his greatest gift.
Her situation really was lucky, in my opinion. She had great parents and a lovely house and money. She could do what she liked. But for all her perfect life, she was not safe from tragedy. Was that the message? Even the most innocent can die too soon? I don’t like it. I don’t want that to be the theme. I want it to have something to do with seeing the beauty in the world.
I’m sorry, I can’t continue. This book was too emotional. I would recommend it- but prepare yourself.
Quotes
“I just can’t get the poetry out of the trees,” he said.
She nodded. “Don’t worry,” she said. “You will someday.”
-page 52
 
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About Katherine Paterson

People are always asking me questions I don’t have answers for. One is, “When did you first know that you wanted to become a writer?” The fact is that I never wanted to be a writer, at least not when I was a child, or even a young woman. Today I want very much to be a writer. But when I was ten, I wanted to be either a movie star or a missionary. When I was twenty, I wanted to get married and have lots of children.

Another question I can’t answer is, “When did you begin writing?” I can’t remember. I know I began reading when I was four or five, because I couldn’t stand not being able to. I must have tried writing soon afterward. Fortunately, very few samples of my early writing survived the eighteen moves I made before I was eighteen years old. I say fortunately, because the samples that did manage to survive are terrible, with the single exception of a rather nice letter I wrote to my father when I was seven. We were living in Shanghai, and my father was working in our old home territory, which at the time was across various battle lines. I missed him very much, and in telling him so, I managed a piece of writing I am not ashamed of to this day.

Rating
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Setting
five-stars
Cover
four-stars
Ending
five-stars
Overall: five-stars
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