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1001 Stories Collection

Bridge to Terabithia

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Added on 14th August 2020

Author Katherine Paterson
First published 1977
Publisher Thomas Y. Crowell Co, USA

Friends
1001

A novel about friendship, loss and the power of the imagination.

Story

Jess knows he is the fastest runner in school until new girl Leslie arrives. The two become friends and together invent a magical fantasy land called Terabithia in woods behind Leslie’s house. Their friendship grows stronger until one day Leslie goes to Terabithia alone.

Why we chose it

A story about friendship and the power of the imagination – and about dealing with tragedy and loss.

Where it came from

The author, Katherine Paterson, is said to have written Bridge to Terabithia to help her son deal with the grief of suddenly losing a close friend. Paterson was also a teacher of children around the age of the characters Jess and Leslie.

Where it went next

Bridge to Terabithia went on to win the Newbery Medal in 1978. The story has been adapted into a film twice; in 1985 directed by Eric Hill and, in 2007 by Gabor Csupo.

Associated stories

Katherine Paterson has written many novels, pictures books, and works of non-fiction. Fans of Bridge to Terabithia also enjoy Jacob Have I Loved (1980), The Great Gilly Hopkins (1978), and The Master Puppeteer (1975).

Added on 14th August 2020

Author Katherine Paterson
First published 1977
Publisher Thomas Y. Crowell Co, USA

Friends
1001