Bridge to Terabithia 40th Anniversary Edition

Bridge to Terabithia 40th Anniversary Edition


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064401845
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 558
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Katherine Paterson is one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved authors. Among her many awards are two Newberys and two National Book Awards, and she was recently named a "Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. She has been published in more than 22 languages in a variety of formats, from picture books to historical novels.

Donna Diamond has illustrated numerous children's books, including The Day of the Unicorn by Mollie Hunter and Riches by Esther Hautzig, as well as many book jackets. She lives in Riverdale, NY.

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Bridge to Terabithia MSR

Chapter One

Jesse Oliver Aarons, Yr.

Ba-room, ba-room, ba-room, baripity, baripity, baripity, baripity—Good. His dad had the pickup going. He could get up now. Jess slid out of bed and into his overalls. He didn't worry about a shirt because once he began running he would be hot as popping grease even if the morning air was chill, or shoes because the, bottoms of his feet were by now as tough as his worn-out sneakers.

ere you going, Jess?" May Belle lifted herself up sleepily from the double bed where she and Joyce Ann slept.

"Sh." He warned. The walls were thin. Momma would be mad as flies in a fruit jar if they woke her up this time of day.

He patted May Belle's hair and yanked the twisted sheet up to her small chin. "Just over the cow field," he whispered. May Belle smiled and snuggled down under the- sheet.

"Gonna run?"


Of course he was going to run. He had. gotten up early every day all summer to run. He figured if he worked at itand Lord, had he worked-he could be- the fastest runner in the fifth grade when school opened up. He had to be the fastest-not one of the fastest or next to the fastest, but the fastest. The very best.

He tiptoed out of the house. The place was so rattly that it screeched whenever you put your foot down, but Jess had found that if you tiptoed, it gave only a low moan, and he could usually get outdoors without waking Momma or Ellie or Brenda or Joyce Ann. May Belle was another matter. She was going on seven, and she worshiped him, which was OK sometimes. When you were the only boy smashed between four sisters, and theolder two had despised you ever since you stopped letting them dress you up and wheel you around in their rusty old doll carriage, and the littlest one.cried if you looked at ther cross-eyed, it was nice to have somebody who worshiped you. Even if it got unhandy sometimes.

He began to trot across the yard. His breath, was coming out in little puffs—cold for August. But it was early yet. By noontime when his mom would have him out working, it would be hot enough.

Miss Bessie stared at him sleepily as he climbed across the scrap heap, over the fence, and into the cow field. "Moo—oo," she said, looking for all the world like another May Belle with her big, brown droopy eyes.

"Hey, Miss Bessie," Jess said soothingly. "Just go on back to sleep."

Miss Bessie strolled over to a greenish patch-most of the field was brown and dry-and yanked up a mouthful.

"That'a girl. Just eat your breakfast. Don't pay me no mind."

He always started at the northwest comer of the field, crouched over like the runners he had seen on Wide World of Sports.

"Bang," he said, and took off flying around the cow field. Miss Bessie strolled toward the center, still following him with her droopy eyes, chewing slowly. She didn't look very smart, even for a cow, but she was plenty bright enough to get out of Jess's way.

His straw-colored hair flapped hard against his forehead, and his arms and legs flew out every which way. He had never learned to run properly, but he was long-legged for a tenyear-old, and no one had more grit than he.

Lark Creek Elementary was short on everything, especially athletic equipment, so all the balls went to the upper grades at recess time after lunch. Even if a fifth grader started out the period with a ball, it was sure to be in the hands of a sixth or seventh grader before the hour was half over. The older boys always took the dry center of the upper field for

their ball games, while the girls claimed the small top section for hopscotch and jump rope and hanging around talking. So the lower-grade boys had started this running thing. They would all line up on the far side of the lower field, where it was either muddy or deep crusty ruts. Earle Watson who was no good at running, but had, a big mouth, would yell "Bang!" and they'd race to a line they'd- toed across at the other end.

One time last year Jesse had won. Not just I the first heat but the whole shebang. Only once. But it had put into his mouth a. taste for winning. Ever since he'd been in first grade he'd been that "crazy little kid that draws all the time." But one day—April the twenty-second, a drizzly Monday, it had been-he ran ahead of them all, the red mud slooching up through the holes in the bottom of his sneakers..

For the rest of that day, and until after lunch on the next, he had been "the fastest kid in- the third, fourth, and fifth grades," and he only a fourth grader. On Tuesday, Wayne Pettis had won again as usual.. But this year Wayne Pettis would be in the sixth grade. He'd play football until Christmas and baseball until June with the rest of the big guys. Anybody had a chance to be the fastest runner and by, Miss Bessie, this year it was going to be Jesse Oliver Aarons, Jr.

Jess pumped his arms harder and bent his head for thedistant fence. He could hear the third-grade boys screaminghim on. They would follow him around like a country-musicstar. And May Belle would pop her buttons. Her brother wasthe fastest, the best. That ought to give the rest of the firstgrade de something to chew their cuds on.

Even his dad would be proud. Jess rounded the corner. He couldn't keep going quite so fast, but he continued running for a while—it would, build him up.

Bridge to Terabithia MSR. Copyright © by Katherine Paterson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Table of Contents

1Jesse Oliver Aarons, Jr.1
2Leslie Burke9
3The Fastest Kid in the Fifth Grade19
4Rulers of Terabithia29
5The Giant Killers48
6The Coming of Prince Terrien57
7The Golden Room65
9The Evil Spell86
10The Perfect Day94
13Building the Bridge118

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Bridge to Terabithia 40th Anniversary Edition 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 290 reviews.
Dacota_WV More than 1 year ago
Book Review Outline Dacota B., WV Book title and author: Bridge to Terabithia by: Katherine Peterson Title of review: A Very Well Written Book Number of stars (1 to 5): 5 This a book that is about two friends who lets their imagination go wild, in a secret land. I think the author's main point is that to let your own imagination Without getting hurt in the process. Jess Aarons is a boy who's biggest ambition in life is to be the fastest runner than the whole 5'th grade. Then Leslie, a new student to the school, beets all the boys on their own field in races, and this is where Leslie and Jess meet. Throughout the book Jess and Leslie create this kingdom of magic which is a rope's swing across the creek. Here in this kingdom Jess and Leslie let their own imagination go wild which is why this kingdom is so magical. I think this book achieves its goals by a very vibrantly written story that brings you through a great friendship that last throughout the story. I hope my review will make you anxious to read this very interesting book. Thanks for reading my review of Bridge to Terabithia.
josh21 More than 1 year ago
I higly recommend this book Bride to Tarabithia to all readers who have wild immaginations. This book that I am reviewing is Bridge to Tarabithia is has a great story behind the covers. The Story tells you that you can put your mind into anything and it can happen. The Genre is for all ages its easy to read and easy to understand. The story takes place at Lark Creek Elemenatry and Tarabethia. All the action takes place in Tarabithia even when a tragidy happens can Jess step us as king and rule the tarabithians. when they made their own country Leslie became the queen and Jess became the King, they ruled with each other with companionship. The story fulfills the purpose because it tells us if we put our minds in work any thing is possible I agree. The Main Characters are Jess Aarons and Leslie Burke they go to the same school and the founders of tarabethia. I recommend this book to everyone read the book first then watch the movie
5thgradestudents More than 1 year ago
Bridge to Terabithia was the best book I've read. This book was the best because there is a lot of imagination you could escape to. When I read this book by Katherine Paterson, I knew she was a good author because she really describes the characters Jess and Leslie. When Jess met Leslie he was shocked because she was the first person he trusted. Their friendship was the best, but then the unthinkable happens. You should read this book to learn about Jess and Leslie's friendship. When you read this book you are going to hate Ellie and Brenda but love MayBelle . Maybelle is Jess's smallest sister, but you are going to be shocked when you hear about what MayBelle did. She did something really horrible. Terabithia was the secret place Jess and Leslie built. I recommend this to somebody who likes imagination and adventure. I also recommend this for teachers to read to their class.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the book Bridge to Terabithia there is a friendship and a death. There are bullies and people who are just full of themselves. This book is so cool. I enjoyed it. And I think you would enjoy it too. Bridge to Terabithia is about a boy and a girl who become friends. They also make up a secret place that they use their imagination. And have all kinds of different animals. It's like a magical world that no one knows about but them. I love this book because it is so outgoing. And it makes me feel like I'm in the book. The other reason I like this book is because it has a lot of action in it and it is creative. I also think that the way they use their imaginations in this magical world called Terabithia! Some people think and say that it is dumb and it don't make since and that it is boring. I don't think it's boring, because it's just awesome!
Kacie_d_wv More than 1 year ago
Jess Aarons isn't always understood in his family. When his new neighbor moves in, everything changes. Her name is Lesile Burke. Leslie and Jess at first are basically strangers. After a while they become friends, as they break through challenges. Beyond some fields there is a small creek. Not too high above is an old rope. They imagine that after you swing on the rope onto the other side of the creek that you are in their magical land they call Terabithia. They work together and build forts (castles) and explore their kingdom, walking as the king and queen of Terabithia. The challenges at school come to life in Terabithia, as they face them in both places. Both of them work together to face them all, they truly were best friends. As the challenges get bigger, they get stronger. In the end the two of them come across their biggest problem yet, which turns into a struggle not everyone can face as Jess has to get all the help he can get. As his family actually listens and helps.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very good book, I really enjoyed it. I would recommend this to anyone.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book: This was a decent read, a quick read, a sad read. Not at all what I was expecting.  Going in to this book, I was expecting more of a fantasy angle. More magical kingdom in the woods. At one point, I had to go back and reread part of it because I thought I was missing something. What I got out of this book was something very reminiscent of the movie My Girl, which obviously came after Bridge to Terabithia. However, the story was one of strength and where we find it. It is a coming of age story but not really about lost innocence. I think Jess’s reactions at the end were pretty spot on for an 11 year old boy. Speaking of the end, I thought it was sweet. I liked the changed dynamics. I enjoyed the very end. As for the characters, all were well-written. Jess wants to be good at something besides art. He is a very talented artist but that isn’t something that is smiled upon by his family. I think he just really wants to be accepted by his father. Leslie doesn’t quite fit in but she is very intelligent. She likes to push the boundaries a bit. I really liked Jess’s father but not until Christmas and the ending. The sisters were sisters. Each played their role. Would I recommend it: Sure. Will I read it again: I will not unless my  kids read it in the future and I want to refresh my memory of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in 5th grade, and I loved it, now I am in 8th grade and I still love it. I have read it a hundred times and still read it all the time. The book tells the story of young Jess and how he wants to be an artist, when his family constantly shuns his dream. Then one day a new family moves into the Old Perkins Place. Jess makes friends with a young girl named Leslie Burke, who is constantly made fun of because she acts like a boy. Jess and Leslie become the best of friends. I don't want to spoil anything, but the end is really sad.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Bridge to Terabithia is a wonderfully, heartbreaking story about a boy named Jess and a girl named Leslie. Jess Aarons was trying to be the fastest runner in fifth grade, but his life completely changes when a girl named Leslie moves into the house next door. Leslie is bold from the start. She becomes the first girl to cross over to the boy’s side of the playground. Besides that, she outruns Jess and the other boys. This seems like a bad start to a friendship, but Jess and Leslie don’t let that stop them. After this rough beginning, they grow to like each other more and more. Their friendship inspires the creation of an imaginary kingdom called “Terabithia” where the two can escape together. It’s a special place where dreams become reality and their bonds strengthen. It’s ‘a place just for us’ according to Leslie. The invented world of Terabithia resides in the forest beyond Jess’ house and can be entered only by crossing a dry riverbank using a rope swing tied to an old crabapple tree. And of course, Jess and Leslie are king and queen. Things are perfect until a terrible accident leaves Jess alone. Will things ever be the same again? And will Jess be able to rule Terabithia on his own? I really liked this book. It can be sad at times but that makes it more meaningful and this is balanced by many happy moments. Katherine Patterson makes the story seem so real I actually felt like I was in the book. The Bridge to Terabithia is geared towards ages 8-12, but anyone can enjoy its wonderful and poignant story. I give it 5 stars. Review by Young Mensan Martha C., age 10, Columbus Mensa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jess Aarons has one concern over the summer, to be the fastest boy in the fifth grade. He has been running every day for the entire summer and thinks there is no way he can be beat, that is until a new girl moves into town, Leslie Burkes. Leslie just so happens to beat all the boys in a race to determine who is the fastest. What starts off as anger and annoyance turns into a strong friendship between the two outcasts. Together they create a world they can escape to, Terabithia. Bridge to Terabithia is frequently challenged for occult/Satanism, offensive language, and violence. People argue that the book promotes Satanism through its false representation of Christian salvation. This argument is based off of a few sentences in one chapter of the entire novel. On the way back from a church service which Jess deemed boring but Leslie found fun, May Belle tells Leslie that she has to believe in the Bible or God will “damn [her] to hell”. Ten year old Leslie contradicts this saying that God is too busy running the beautiful world around them to go around damning people to hell. Some Christian’s found this offensive saying that this idea, spoken by Leslie, is untrue; however not everyone is of the Christian belief. However everyone does have the right to their own opinion. By removing this book from libraries someone’s point of view is being hidden from the public eye. While the challenges based on violence are ungrounded because there was almost none present and where there was violence is was more implied then explicit. These points of challenge however are very minor pieces of the entire novel which portrays good values such as how friendship strengthens you and that it’s important to be kind to everyone. Paterson, Katherine, and Donna Diamond. Bridge to Terabithia. New York, NY: Crowell, 1977. Print.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been wanting to read this book for a while, and when I finally purchased it I could not put it down. This book is full of surprises and gives you a REALLY deep message about family, friendship and the important things in life.I read this book aloud to my son and we both enjoyed its simple story of friendship between a boy and girl. Although somewhat predictable, what sets this story apart is its refreshingly honest depiction of its characters, their dialogue, and their emotions. We saw what was coming, but we stayed with it because we cared about these individuals. Summing it up, it's about a wonderfully gentle story about a young boy with a heart. I loved it!  
The-Roaring-Reader More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book about family, friendship, understanding, and loss. Children can be greatly enriched by this book as they learn how important friendship is and learning to not judge others. Emotions are expressed greatly through this author and she is a wonderful writer who writes from her own experiences. This is a great book for children dealing with the loss of a loved one or is having a hard time being accepted in school. Great for readers between the ages 10-13 and parents will enjoy it too. The secret land of Terabithia will come alive for each reader and they will come to love the characters as they learn to care for each other. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was 11 yrs old and loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bridge to Terabithia is a big tearjerker near the end. This is a book that will not only make you cry but laugh as well.Jess Aarons is a simple country boy. One day he meets Leslie Burke, a girl that loves to wear jeans & T- shirts. They become friends and create a new world together called Terabithia. They go to this world every day after school. Read this book, you will love it.This is a very good book. It was very shocking & suspenseful. You can¿t go wrong with this book.I hope I have made you want to read this book.
berethalindsey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jess and Leslie friendship is developed through their race to be the best racer in fifth grade. They are from two differnet backgrounds. Jess is ordinary while Leslie family is wealthy. This tale of puppy love, competition,their imaginary world, Terabithia, and tragedy is unforgettable. It made tears come to my eyes. He cared so much for Leslie he eventually bawls, and said, he hate her [...] wish he never met her. That was some deep pain. I hope to never feel in life( 116p).Classroom Usage1. With the parents permission, The teacher can open a discussion about death and acceptance of it. 2.The students can name and illustrate a imaginary land they created.
punxsygal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A rich, deep look at childhood, friendship and death.
lp118825 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young boy and girl Jess and Lesile are the best of friends in the 5th grade who are in the imaginary world of Terebithia. They physically live in the country of Virgina.In Terebithia they overcame the differences that were between them, but then suddenly Lesile drowns while trying to cross over to Terebithia while it was storming. Jess tried very hard to overcome his grief, and started by building a bridge to Terabithia. Personal Reaction: This book was very sad, but sweet at the same time. It sort of reminds me of a love story. Instead of romantic love, it was a friendship love. Classroom Extensions: I would have my students paint their favorite part of the story and describe why. I would also have my students write in their journals on how they saw Terabithia.
TakeItOrLeaveIt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bloody well despised this book when I read it in 4th grade. Surprisingly, because when I was nine I loved everything else I read that year, especially "where the red fern grows" (worshiped it) and 'The Giver' still a book I recommend to people. However, Bridge to Terabitchia never caught my attention in any way and I found it entirely too calous and unrealistic.
kejinglu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book because it is full of determination and imagination. I recommend it to those who like to use their imagination
SusieBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two kids find another world beyond a creek where they live.
SaraH5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the worst books I ever read. It was not very good and was very sad.
LainaBourgeois on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young boy's life changes forever when he befriends the new girl at school and they create a place of their own called Terabithia. This book would be a good read for older children, because this story deals with lots of issues about friendship, death, and finding the courage to be yourself.
Aridy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jess Aarons thinks that he knows how his world works. He's the fastest runner, he becomes popular with the rest of the boys in his grade, and his father will praise him. Then he gets beat by a girl, the new girl Leslie in fact, who is like no other girl he's ever met. And who will open whole other worlds of imagination to him.
dfullmer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sweet story of a special friendship.
Omrythea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic book that tugs on your heartstrings and makes you weep.