Bridge to Terabithia Movie Tie-in Edition

Bridge to Terabithia Movie Tie-in Edition

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This Newbery Medal-winning novel by bestselling author Katherine Paterson is a modern classic of friendship and loss.

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.

In addition to being a Newbery Medal winner, 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.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061253706
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/26/2006
Edition description: Movie tie-in, rack size
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 489,001
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.52(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.

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 Movie Tie-in Edition 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Nbrowne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the book Bridge To Terribithia A boy Jess and his friend Leslie are having fun in their fun imaginative world.In this book there is so much thought and Ideas that pop up while your reading so what I do (tip) is add sticky notes along the way and if there is an essay on Bridge To Terribithia your stickies will totally help you through.I love the way the author puts so much feeling in to the story.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Poor Jess is pressured everywhere, to find his place at home, at school. Then he meets Leslie and she changes his life. Leslie is able to deal with the pressures of the real world (cruel kids, competition) and is also able to find great joy in the world of the imagination. Ironically, it is on her way into that imaginary world, while she is swinging across a raging river, that Leslie¿s rope breaks and she is killed. Instead of being filled with sorrow, however, Jess takes everything Leslie has given him and uses it to help himself and to teach others.
AlexStella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lesley and Jess imagine the forest as the secret land of Terabithia. A book which you cannot stop reading.
bubba12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really like fantasy books and this one was perfect.
ababe92 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was a good book, that shows children to use their imignations, and helps them know how to deal with death.
YV21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bridge to Terabithia was a great novel by Katherine Paterson. Jess Aarons a poor farm boy with lack of imagination, meets a girl named Leslie Burke. Together they discovered a place filled with magic called Terabithia. Now everyday brings new surprises for them in Terabithia. But when Leslie dies, Jess is troubled and never wants to come back. After a certain amount of time, he invites his youger sister May Belle to be his princess in Terabithia. A great novel, but I think Leslie should have been left alive.
JLShunk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite childrens book. I keep tissues handy when I read it. It's a quick read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter Miena cry. But she loved it. I read it too. And it is sad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It`s a good book with a lot of emotions.In this book many things happen that might be things that have happened to us.You can relate some of your experiences to some of the things that happen in the book.This book can make you feel free to show your feelings.I recomend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Bridge to Terabithia I just read a book called The Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson. Jess was just about scare of everything, Until Leslie came along. He wanted to be the fastest kid in the 5th grade ,but Leslie was. Leslie was the founder of Terabithia. Jess is the kind of secretive, sky and kind of weird. Leslie is outgoing, kind of weird and kind of wild. Jess thinks their friendship is more than a friendship. Then the tragedy happens. Pick up a copy of the book and read on. I think the message in the story is that when the going gets tough, you have to fight though it and be strong. One event is when the tragedy happens, Jess has to be strong. I like this book because it keeps you on your feet, and I never wanted to stop reading. My favorite part of the book is when the tragedy happened because I never saw it coming. I think the author did a great job on the book, because I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I have never read the book I have seen the movie. And after seeing the movie I am really inclined to read the book. The movie was just so happy and beautifully done, you would never think that any movie like this could end sad. All I can say after that comment is that I cried. It really made to open my eyes to what the world around me could be. It's a story that will change the way you look at things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jesse couldn¿t wait for school to start back up because, he couldn¿t wait till he sees all his classmates again, because was going to bet them cause he had been practices all summer. He wants to be the fastest not the third or second fastest but the very first fastest. Jesse always had to be quit when he would get up and start to run because if his my would of got woke up she would be really mad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was horrible. i did not like the ending. but still read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed this book because of the main story line and jess and leslie's friendship. it was a wonderful fantasy and i actually felt like i was there. I highly reccomened this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend reading the Bridge to Terabithia because it is about two children who do not want to conform to their society¿s lifestyle. Jesse¿s father wants him to be an athlete, but he wants to be an artist. Jesse hides his art supplies under his bed, so that no one knows or takes his supplies. Later, he meets a girl, Leslie, who also does not want to conform to the things that her parents and even her classmates want her to be. Leslie does not conform to her classmates because she does not look like the typical girl, that is, she is not feminine. Bridge to Terabithia refers to an imaginary place where Jesse and Leslie can be rulers over their own kingdom. This is a place where they can be themselves without pretending to be something that they really are not. This story will allow children and even adults to see that they should continue to strive for what they want to be in life, because fulfilling someone else¿s goals and aspirations will not make them happy. Another message that I took from reading the book was if you put your mind to doing something do the best that you could even though you may fail at it. You should continue to strive until you reach the goal or until you know that you have done the best that you could.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be the best book ever! It is very real to todays life.There are tradgedies (Leslie's death),magic (the imagination and creativity of Terabithia), and there is friendship that can help you endure anyone or anything (Leslie and Jess.) I highly speak of and recomend this book to anyone who has felt they are alone in this world. Remember, an imagination can help you feel better, and may even make you a few friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok i will admit this book is aswome i need to buy it for my own?????????
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book! A little sad at the end though, but great for children (and adults!) who like realistic fiction. If you like the book remember it is coming to theaters very soon, so read it fast!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this book I think kids from ages 9-12 would really enjoy the book. Please take my advice and BUY it... or get it from the library. The book was AWESOME!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bridge to Terebithia is a Newbery Medal winner with good reason. I enjoyed this book immensely, mainly because of the time and place in which it was written. The story takes place in the early seventies in a country setting, probably in Virginia. I found myself reflecting back to my own childhood in the seventies. A time before XBox and gameboys, when children only had their imagination. Days were often spent in the mountains or creekbanks and the company of a truly priceless friend. Bridge to Terebithia is the story of a precious friendship that is formed between two fifth grade students, a girl named Leslie and a boy named Jess. Jess Aarons is a good boy struggling with his own childhood fears. Even his love of art turns into a fear of unacceptance by his father as well as his peers. Leslie Burke is a newcomer to Lark Creek Elementary who Jess reluctantly befriends. Through this friendship Jess learns so much about tolerance, self acceptance and other valuable life lessons. Leslie is well-traveled and has a true appreciation for humanities. Leslie's insight and imagination opens Jess' mind to a whole new world. The imaginary world of Terebithia and the real world that holds Jess' future. This was a wonderful story with a heartbreaking ending. I would have to place it in the realistic genre, even though it was written many years ago it still deals with sensitive issues in life. Realities that we must all face during the course of a lifetime. I would highly recommend this book to anyone aged 10 and up. Please bear in mind that is does deal with very realistic issues, some that does not always have happy endings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has so many reasons why it awesome. It talks about this boy Jesse who only has his mind on one thing, but when he meets this girl Lesie he find that he can talk to her about anything and they create this place where they can go and be anything they want and fight off everything that comes in there way. But then a terrible thing happens that will change Jesse FOREVER.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very sad. I liked it at the start but then when I got to the end I felt like crying my eyes out. If you like sad books read this book. I thought this would be a cute little book about to best friends but no it was a book about a girl that ends up dead! awful and dreadful!