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Publisher Description

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. 

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.

October 6
Grades 3-7

Customer Reviews

Embo527 ,

A Classic

Bridge to Terabithia was my favorite book as a child. I've read it more times than I can count, even in my adult years. It's a story about friendship and imagination that is like none other that I have ever read. While some of the themes may be beyond a young child's comprehension, I think it teaches some important life lessons. The book teaches children to be true to themselves and cherish the friends who love them for who they are. I absolutely think it's a must read for anyone.

Guenivere23 ,


I loved this book. I was unable to put the book down until the very last page! I will leave it up to you to find out what happens in the story, but i know this book will teach you something, and leave you wanting more!

Friendship Forever ,

Bridge To Terabithia

Patterson in the past has published some outstanding works such as her known classic Tuck Everlasting. However, the talented author has outdone herself with her book Bridge to Terabithia. We join a young boy Jess Aarons, who befriends the new girl in school, Leslie Burke. The two of them encounter a totally original world of their own that they call Terabithia. It's a magical place they call their own. One day tragedy strikes and leaves Jess in the dust. After coming to grips with the tragedy does he learn the gift of love passion and friendship Leslie left him. Not only that, but he realizes that friendship can never be truly gone. It can last through anything, even death. This story is based on love friendship and faith. It has been my favorite story since I was a little boy. I encourage anyone who can read to read this heart touching tale.

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