Bridge to Terabithia
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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.
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the rope. She unsnapped the top of her coat with her left hand. "Here," she said. "Stick P. T. in here for me." "I'll carry him, Leslie." "With that raincoat, he'll slip right out the bottom." She was impatient to be gone, so Jess scooped up the sodden dog and shoved him rear - first into the cave of Leslie's raincoat. "You gotta hold his rear with your left arm and swing with your right, you know." "I know. I know." She moved backward to get a running start. "Hold tight." "Good gosh,
didn't occur to him until the car was past Millsburg that he might have asked Miss Edmunds if Leslie could have come, too. When he thought about it, he couldn't suppress a secret pleasure at being alone in this small cozy car with Miss Edmunds. She drove intently, both bands gripping the top of the wheel, peering forward. The wheels hummed and the windshield wipers slicked a merry rhythm. The car was warm and tilled with the smell of Miss Edmunds. Jess sat with his hands clasped between his
understand that." Jess slid his hand out from under his father's. He got up from the table. "I know it ain't a easy thing - " Jess could hear his father speaking as he went into the bedroom. He came back out with his windbreaker on. "You ready to go now?" His father got up quickly. His mother took off her apron and patted her hair. May Belle jumped up from the rug. "I wanta go, too," she said. "I never seen a dead person before." "No!" May Belle sat down again as though slapped down by her
yesterday flared up again. Leslie, I'm just a dumb dodo, and you know it. What am I supposed to do? The coldness inside of him had moved upward into his throat constricting it. He swallowed several times. It occurred to him that he probably had cancer of the throat. Wasn't that one of the seven deadly signs? Difficulty in swallowing. He began to sweat, He didn't want to die. Lord, he was just ten years old. He had hardly begun to live. Leslie, were you scared? Did you know you were dying? Were
down his panic. This was Leslie Burke's favorite hobby. Nobody would make up scuba diving to be their favorite hobby if it wasn't so. That meant Leslie did it a lot. That she wasn't scared of going deep, deep down in a world of no air and little light. Lord, he was such a coward. How could he be all in a tremble just listening to Mrs. Myers read about it? He was worse a baby than Joyce Ann. His dad expected him to be a man. And here he was letting some girl who wasn't even ten yet scare the liver