Katherine Paterson - Bridge to Terabithia

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  • An Ode to the Beauty of Friendship: Bridge to Terabithia

    Sep 28, 2006 by befus is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful story; memorable characters; rich in life lessons
    Cons: Final chapters emotionally heavy (though cathartic); you'll want to assess child's readiness for topic

    Summary: Oh how I wish that I had found Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia in my childhood. The Newbery Award winning book was published in 1977, the summer I was nine. And I really needed this book then. I suppose on the face of it, my ninth ... read more

  • No Secret Kingdom Lasts

    Sep 18, 2013 by msiduri is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well-written, humor, depicts sweet friendship
    Cons: Sadness.

    Summary: After practicing all summer, Jesse Aarons finds his plan to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade quickly squelched by Leslie Burke--a girl. Her family has just moved into the old Perkins place. Nevertheless, they become friends. Jesse draws. ... read more

  • "Stand up to your fear and not let it squeeze you white"

    Mar 21, 2013 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Poignant story, memorable characters, great metaphors for life
    Cons: May upset some sensitive young readers, but also teaches valuable lessons

    Summary: To me, the above quote best illustrates the central theme of Katherine Paterson's beautiful classic, Bridge to Terabithia.  As I stated in another review, Ms. Paterson is one of the most "adult" children's authors you will encounter.  ... read more

  • Bridge to Terabithia

    May 20, 2011 by kairosdreaming is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything!
    Cons: Nothing!

    Summary: Nothing like a kid's book to make you tear up and sniffle a little.  Everyone in the work cafeteria probably thinks I'm an emotional wreck now after reading this book over my lunch break.  Its a great book though, with a lot of emotion and ... read more

  • Reflections on Paterson's Classic Bridge To Terabithia

    Nov 14, 2007 by keithpruitt is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: An emotional journey with great connections.
    Cons: Miss Edmunds, language gets salty in places

    Summary: Some works become classics. When Katherine Paterson wrote Bridge to Terabithia in 1977 for Harper Trophy, it is without a doubt the case that she was endeavoring to tell a story that children could relate to while weaving other emotions of youth ... read more

  • A Kingdom Where Imagination Rules

    Jul 11, 2007 by countess_eva is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great characterizations, effecting moral, wonderful story, life changing.
    Cons: Only 128 pages, poor writing style, inferior illustrations.

    Summary: Jess Aarons longs to become the fastest runner in the fifth grade; his otherwise laborious existence is sustained merely with the dreams of grandeur that open before him - - - if only he can win the race held during recess. However, when a new girl ... read more

  • The Bridge between kids and adults

    Jul 11, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: wonderful storyline, great comfort book, great for kids
    Cons: the story ends on a sad note

    Summary: As a youth I loved to spend all of my free time reading as many novels as I could get my hands on. I did not play video games, or want to go to the mall. They simply did not hold my interest like a great book would. When I was twelve, I came across ... read more

  • Rulers of a Whole Secret Country

    Feb 26, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Exposes children to strong emotions. Yes, that's a pro.
    Cons: The missteps are minor.

    Summary: Katherine Paterson may well be the best living author of realistic children's fiction, but I wouldn't know. I don't often read children's fiction, unless you count the picture books I read with my kids. In fact, I'm the guy who's unimpressed with Harry ... read more

  • Emotional Bridge

    Jan 22, 2007 by carstairs38 is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sensitively deals with hard subject
    Cons: Might upset some in the target audience

    Summary: I got this book when I was in Jr. High but never considered reading it because I'd heard it was a sad story. I only read it now to know if I wanted to join friends in seeing the movie version that comes out next month. While I had heard correctly that ... read more

  • Best Children's Book Ever

    Nov 15, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: the creation of Jess and Leslie puts Paterson atop the authors'list
    Cons: none

    Summary: Jess is a fifth-grade boy who knows how to do two things well. Run and draw. The first is a respected thing for a boy in his farm community to do. The second is not. Leslie is a fifth-grade girl and new to the neighborhood. She spoils ... read more

  • Bridge to Terabithia: A Book About Making Magic Out of the Ordinary

    Apr 25, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautifully written book about acceptance of self and others
    Cons: Maybe too emotional for some readers

    Summary: Jess Aaron is the middle child of the Aaron family, and its only boy. His two oldest sisters are concerned only with themselves, their make-up, their clothes and their boyfriends. His youngest sister is still a toddler and is a cry baby. Everything sets ... read more

  • Read this book- please!

    Mar 21, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Very emotional, amazing plot, endearing characters.
    Cons: None

    Summary: If there is one book that stands out from my childhood, "Bridge to Teribithia" is it. I remember fondly the relationship between the two main characters, and the sadness I felt at the tragic ending. The author expertly pulls you in with a fascinating ... read more

  • Turning Tides: Bridge to Terabithia

    Dec 5, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: gut wrenching good writing
    Cons: none

    Summary: The books that mean the most to me are always the hardest to write about. This is one such book. It's hard to look beyond the intense visceral connection so that I can tell you why this book is so worthwhile, why everyone ... read more

  • It's never too late to build a bridge to Terabitihia

    Oct 18, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Incredibly moving story that is replete in lessons without preaching.
    Cons: It is emotionally wrenching.

    Summary: Dear Saralinda*, Books written by Katherine Paterson tend to make me a bit nervous. Iíll buy the book, knowing that it will be good, but a little apprehensive about the experience of reading it. You see, Paterson doesnít shy away ... read more

  • Bridge To Terabithia

    Jul 18, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: A good book with a tragic ending.
    Cons: Not that I can think of.

    Summary: This is probably one of my favorite books I have ever read in school, along with the Outsiders and A Seperate Peace. The book is about Jessie and Leslie, two children that make a place in the woods called Terabithia that they can come to escape ... read more

  • Should be a Classic...

    Dec 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: a great read, will open the floor for many discussions
    Cons: none

    Summary: This story by Katherine Paterson should become a classic. It is a Newbury Award winning story and if you read it you will understand why. This story is wholesome and pure and truly exemplifies how children classify themselves within school ... read more

  • In Keanu Reeve's Voice (Whoa!)

    Nov 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wow!
    Cons: Ha!

    Summary: IN MEMORIAM: For Penny, 1980 - 1990, you are missed. HERE'S THE SKINNY, FATTY Reading a hippopotamus-huge novel with an abominable ending is like waiting two hours in a line in front of a hotdog stand only, when your turn comes ... read more

  • Ban Bridge to Terabithia? Don't You Dare!

    Sep 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Moving story, excellent writing, characters you can relate to
    Cons: It's on the top 10 most-often-banned books list?!?!

    Summary: I feel it only fair to warn you right now that this review is going to give away the ending to this book. If you don't want to know the ending, please do not continue reading. This has been a public service announcement brought to you courtesy of ... read more

  • Bridge to Terabithia- Banned Book Write-off

    Sep 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good lessons in life
    Cons: Too short

    Summary: This is a story of a boy- a boy who is a "diamond in the rough." A heart of an artist trapped in a squalid world. And, a glimpse of a moment in his life, when he sees what it is like to be with like minded people. Jess lives in a ... read more

  • A sight for sore eyes

    Jul 12, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: A remarkable and realistic piece of literature not common in its genre.
    Cons: If read in the wrong age range, it may not have a lasting effect like it should.

    Summary: I have always been an exceptional enough student that I could get by in class by not exactly reading the whole book that had been assigned to us. (Of course that all ended in college) Anyway, I remember a program our school had, you were given a ... read more

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