Monday, February 14, 2011

Bibliophile's Corner

Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson

Flap copy description:
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 cermony called Terabithia. Here, Leslie and Jess rule supreme among 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 changed forever.

My thoughts:
The author, Katherine Paterson, unfolds her text slowly, richly developing the characters and their voice along the way. In the middle of this story I became aware that the courage and power within the pages of Bridge to Terabithia were worthy of an adult novel. This book won the Newbery Medal Award of 1978.
If you enjoy children's literature this is a must read!

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