Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, Robert Sean Leonard

All summer, Jess pushed himself to be the fastest boy in the fifth grade, and when the year's first school-yard race was run, he was going to win. But his victory was stolen by a newcomer, by a girl, one who didn't even know enough to stay on the girls' side of the playground. Then, unexpectedly, Jess finds himself sticking up for Leslie, for the girl who breaks rules and wins races. The friendship between the two grows as Jess guides the city girl through the pitfalls of life in their small, rural town, and Leslie draws him into the world of imagination-a world of magic and ceremony called Terabithia. Here, Leslie and Jess rule supreme among the oaks and evergreens, safe from the bullies and ridicule of the mundane world. Safe until an unforeseen tragedy forces Jess to reign in Terabithia alone, and both worlds are forever changed.

In this poignant, beautifully rendered novel, Katherine Paterson weaves a powerful story of friendship and courage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061227547
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/26/2006
Edition description: Movie Tie-in CD, Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.80(d)
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.

Robert Sean Leonard has starred on the New York and London stages and in such films as Dead Poets Society, Much Ado About Nothing, Swing Kids, and The Age of Innocence. He can currently be seen in the hit medical drama, House, M.D.

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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?"

"Maybe."

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
8Easter78
9The Evil Spell86
10The Perfect Day94
11No!103
12Stranded111
13Building the Bridge118

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We purchased this on my nook for my 13 yr old son because he wanted to use it for a book report. He had seen the movie a few years ago and thought he might like the book as well. He read it in just a few days and after finishing it he commented that it was one of the best books he's read in a long time (and he reads a lot of books). Honestly I was a little surprised; I hadn't actually expected that strong of a response. When I asked him more about it, he said that he felt the author was so descriptive and really painted the scenery so well with words. He felt like he was able to really follow along in his imagination. He also said that - like most other books that are made into movies - he liked the book much better than the movie. Overall, we were very pleased with the purchase, and will probably read this in the future with our other kids as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have fond memories of reading this book as a child-I still vividly remember crying hysterically on my bed. Now as an adult, and a teacher- it still remains one of my favorites...and still makes me cry hysterically. It is a beautiful and POWERFUL story of friendship,imagination, the longing to be accepted, courage, and healing. One note- be aware of the discussion in the book between the young characters that child abuse should be kept a 'family secret' and stress with readers the importance on NOT keeping it a secret.
Braylin_W_WV More than 1 year ago
Bridge to Terabithia is a novel about a boy and his family. One day a girl and her family moved into the house beside Jess. Jess hated her at the beginning of the story because she beat him at the races at school. Then one day they became friends. Jess was not expecting to come home and see his whole family sitting in the living room crying. They all thought that something bad had happened to him. But he had went with his teacher to a museum. When Jess stepped in the door his father was there to tell him what had happened to his friend. Jess did not believe him at first tell he went to the neighbors house to find that it was true, his friend had died. When Jess and Leslie became friends they make up a place called Terabithia. They go there everyday when they get off the bus. One day Jess goes to a museum with his teacher and did not ask Leslie if she wanted to go. When he got home he found that something bad happened to one of his friends. I think the story is good. It teaches you a good listen not to bully people. Because in the story a bully does something to Leslie and Jess, so they make a note and said it was from someone that she liked. The bully believed them and she didn't bully them again!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes you cry and laugh. When Leslie is first introduced you aren't sure about her, but then you get to know her. I also loved May Belle. But Jesse, really gives the story life. He doesn't think he has guts, but it takes lots of them to stick up for the new kid. The pain he must have felt at the loss of Leslie I can relate to, my grandmother died when I was yong. It takes guts to handle all the things he had to. But I think having the guts to do that earns him the title of King.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story of two friends getting togather to use their imagination. I cannot tell you more or that will spoil the book but it is certainly a really good movie to but it describes more in the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book 5 star rating. You should read it too. A very heart touching book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book back in fourth grade and I still love it! Its a really good story about friendship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked it it was fun:-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has ups and downs. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished reading this book and discussing it. I believe this is the best book i ever read. The tragedy at the end is not to ruin the book. No, not at all. It only adds to the specialness and rare greatness of the book. Terabithia, Jess and Leslie's special place across the creek, is a wonderful place of chilhood fun and imagination. A tear jerker, yes, but if you read it through and THINK about it, I'm sure it will be the best book you ever read too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv the book so much i have it on auto book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie but i have not finished the book yet but it is a really good book and you should get it if you are looking at this review right now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw a book trailer for this today then read it and i loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont know how you hate iy i have read three times and it rocks! Also when i was in grade five my teacher first read it than had us watch the movie! So what you talking about :p
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Actully I' m still reading the book for school and I think the author has done a beautiful job writing it plus the movie was brilliant
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book! Very interesting kids.Good book for ages (10-12).What a horrible tragedy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was hard to get in to but it a really good book!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We were assigned to read this book in 6th grade (I'm in 10th grade now) because we were apparently horrible and slow readers. I felt sort of insulted about that but I was glad this book was given to us because the other book was completely boring when we were reading it. It was the best book I've ever read and I expressed so many emotions in it. This was the book that triggered my love for reading, I didn't know how exciting it could be to find such a whole new world in a book and all the emotions out of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To the person who posted on 1-26-2006; You don't know what your talking about. There is this boy and he is blind to the world. He walks around always trying to be the best runner. Then this girl pops into play. She is a faster runner and a better person. At first he hates her. Then they become friends. They create a world of magic to play in. They become even closer. They are ripped apart by a great tragidy. The boy cries and grieves. Lastly he learns to pass his world onto someone else so they may enjoy the wonders of his world. I do admit that this book is at first a little slow but picks up speed. It doesn't help that the tragidy is so sudden so the book doesn't build up a climax. I cried so hard when I read this book. I rate this book 4 and 3 fourths out of five.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is about a girl Leslie tha moves to a house next to the one of Jess. They are very good friends, and they make a magical kingdom called Terabithia in the woods. One day Jess gies with the music teacher(he has a crush on her)when Jess gets home after the museum the parents told him that Leslie past away because to get to Terabithia they have to swig a ropw to the other side,but this time the rope broke.I think is a verry cute,funny but sad story. BY THE WAY THERE IS A MOVIE IN YOUTUBE AND FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM @clara_1201
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this books,but the is so sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the movie!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good but one of the sadest books i know
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is.amazing and imgation is involved