I read this book the first time as a grade-schooler. I loved it, I loved how it didn't lie to me and how it didn't pretty things up. I loved the purity of it. I searched for it for years and finally found it again (I was incredibly surprised that so few book-store employees had never heard of it!) in my twenties. It took me back to the first time I read it and I enjoyed it just as much as an adult as I did when I was younger. I highly recommend this book and have even gone so far as to buy and send copies of it to friends and relatives since finding it again.
This is one of the best children's books I have ever read. It's a powerful, yet simple, story about friendship, life, and finding your place in the world. Despite being an award winner, this book is frequently banned - do yourself a favor and fight censorship by reading this wonderful tale!
This is a fabulous book! I read it in one sitting and although I am an adult, I believe a teen would really like this. The ending is sad, so prepare yourself, but even so, it was wonderful. I would say, even catharctic. Enjoy...
Winner of the 1978 Newberry Medal and currently being made into a major motion picture, this wonderful little book is great reading for adults as well as children.
Despite a not very promising beginning for a friendship, Jess Aarons and Leslie Burke become inseperable. It doesn't matter to Jess that Leslie dresses funny, or that her family has a lot of money, but no TV. Leslie has imagination and together she and Jess create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen. Then a terrible tragedy occues and only when Jess is able to come to grips with this tragedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him.
A good story for all ages... Katherine Patterson's "Bridge to Terabithia" is a Winner of the Newbery Medal... Just recently released as a movie... This book is a little different... Still the same story... Some of the events that take place are different than the movie... also more detailed... isn't that the way it is though... the book always seems to be better... Although I did enjoy the movie too... Great read for those 8 years and up... smile, dg
This is a very well written book, but it is highly traumatic. 16 years after being exposed to it at age 10, it still disturbs me. And not in a good 'oh I made an impression" way. I would recommend this only for older children OR children who are trying to cope with "Loss" as they say. Otherwise, expose your child at your own risk...
I loved this story of two best friends who just happen to be of the opposite sex. They play in their imaginary kingdom until something happens to one of the friends. I think my best part is having a place to go away from everyone else where your imagination can run free.
I fell in love with this book in 6th grade. It was required reading for my English class and truly made me look forward to class. This is one of many good books that teacher had us read that year. A real coming-of-age book. Definitely a book even kids who don't like to read would enjoy.
A Newberry Medal winner, 1978. A friendship between a boy and a girl in fifth grade, who would not necessarily become friends gives the reader an insight into the feelings of a boy when faced with tragedy.
It's a really good and well-written story up to a point, but the tragedy towards the end spoiled it for me. I guess I grew up in a time when realistic books presumably written for children's entertainment didn't go head-on with the awfulness of life in this way. I found the sudden tragic twist in the plot upsetting in a way that tragedy in a book for adults is not. This is an award-winning book. It is adults that give awards to books, and I am very curious as to how many CHILDREN are crazy about this one.
I cannot believe I had never read this before! Jess and Leslie get off to a rough start but quickly become best friends. Leslie is a wonderful story teller and she and Jess create their own land of Terabithia. One morning, while Jess goes off on a spur of the moment trip with his favorite teacher (forgetting to include Leslie) a tragedy occurs.
I read this book in 5th or 6th grade, and I remember loving the story. I just couldn't put the book down. Probably because the name almost reminds me of my own. But the adventure is definitely worth a read, and I'm looking forward to the movie.
Do not read this book or allow an emotionally unstable child/person to read this book until/unless you need a good cry. I read it in preparation for seeing the movie. I wound up in tears even before finishing it. The movie is sad but the book is way worse.
I enjoyed the movie much more than the book. I watched to movie before I read the book thinking that it would be a great read. But there again the movie didn't follow the book entirely. It is a wonderful piece of writing, but the story shocked me. As a Christian I didn't like the fact that Lesie was worshiping the trees/forests. While at the same time they were going to church and talking about how God would send people to to H*** if they did believe in the Bible. Over all a nice book, but from another point of view, ( Say a Mother's, or Christian's) it falls short of brilliant. I'm not a mother, but I am a Christian and I don't really think this book is The Best I've ever read.