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Bridge to Terabithia
Katherine Paterson ; illustrated by Donna Diamond.
Contributor biographical information
Publisher description
New York : Crowell, c1977.
128 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.

Best Books:

Books About Trauma, Tragedy and Loss, 2002 ; Children's Book Council; United States
Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Kids Reading List, 2008 ; Oprah/ALSC; The Classics; United States
Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education; California

Awards, Honors, Prizes:

Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 1986 Winner Colorado
John Newbery Medal, 1978 Winner United States
Virginia Young Readers Program, 1983 Winner Elementary Virginia

State and Provincial Reading Lists:

California Young Reader Medal, 1980 ; Nominee; Middle School/Junior High; California
Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, 1983 ; Nominee; Older Children; North Dakota
Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, 1983 ; Nominee; Younger Children; North Dakota
Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, 1987 ; Nominee; Juvenile Fiction; North Dakota

Curriculum Tools:

Link to Discussion Guide at Scholastic

Reading Measurement Programs:

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 4.6
Accelerated Reader Points 5
Accelerated Vocabulary, Literacy Skills

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Title Point Value 7
Lexile Measure 810


Valerie O. Patterson (Children's Literature)
Jesse Oliver Aarons, Jr. practices all summer so that he can be the fastest runner in his rural Virginia fifth-grade class. Despite his practice, however, he loses the race on the first day of school to Leslie Burke, the new girl in school whose hippy parents have moved from Washington, DC. Despite Jesse’s lost running dream, he becomes fast friends with Leslie. Together they build the imaginary kingdom of Terabitia in the woods. To Jesse, Leslie is “more than his friend. She was his other more exciting self--his way to Terabithia and all the worlds beyond.” When Jesse’s favorite teacher takes him to see the art museums in Washington one rainy day, he returns home to find his world permanently changed by tragedy--Leslie’s death. Despite his heartache, Jesse moves forward, a stronger and more whole individual for his friendship with Leslie. Written by the author for her then young son whose best friend was killed by lightning, this Newbery Medal winner moves the heart and spirit with its beautiful writing, wrenching honesty, and hopeful ending. 2005 (orig. 1977), HarperCollins, $5.99. Ages 9 to 12.


Friendship Fiction.
Death Fiction.
Virginia History--20th century Fiction.
Juvenile literature--1977.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.P273 Br
77002221 [Fic]
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