Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

Winner of the 1978 Newbery Medal

Jess has run all summer long so he will earn the title of the fastest boy in the fifth grade when school begins. School starts and the race is on, but out of nowhere comes Leslie, a new girl in school, and she outruns Jess. Unbelievable. Who is he now?

Together, Jess and Leslie create a world of their own - Terabithia - and Jess will get his answers and find himself through their friendship. Get your tissue box out right now - this is one of those books that reaches in and grabs your heart.

192 pages 978-0690013597 Ages 8-12

Keywords: friends, friendship, girls and women, boys and men, running, loss, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, death and dying

Recommended by: Barb Langridge,


The 40th anniversary edition of the classic Newbery Medal-winning title by beloved author Katherine Paterson, with brand-new bonus materials including an author's note by Katherine herself and a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Kate DiCamillo. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

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.

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.---from the publisher

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