Bulldog Library

Bridge to Terabithia

on February 24, 2013

JF Paterson    •    AR Reading Level: 4.6    •    AR Points: 5.0    •    Quiz #11

Jacket.aspxJesse Aarons dreams of being the fastest kid in the fifth grade.  He has been practicing all summer, getting up early and running before he has to milk the cow.  Just before the start of the school year, a new family moves in to the farm next door.  They have a daughter, Leslie Burke, who is the same age as Jesse.  When the school year starts, Leslie wins the big race.  She is the fastest kid in the fifth grade.

It is not long before Leslie and Jesse become best friends.  Leslie and Jesse spend every day together.  In the afternoon, the friends travel across a dry creek into a forest.  This forest becomes the magical kingdom Terabithia.

This is a heartwarming story with a tragic ending.  While this book is not long, readers are likely to become genuinely fond of these characters.  Jesse is an average kid.  He has annoying siblings and he loves to draw.  He is a very relatable character.  Leslie is an extraordinary child.  She is full of life and imagination.  She will charm readers every bit as much as she charms Jesse with her stories.  When tragedy strikes, readers will feel genuine sorrow and likely even shed tears for these two friends.  This is a book that will teach readers empathy for those that suffer tragedy.  This book is highly recommended for all readers.

Interest Level: grades 4-8

1978 Newbery Medal Winner

Paterson, K. (2007). Bridge to Terabithia. New York, NY : HarperEntertainment.

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