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Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Paterson Illustrated by Donna Diamond

Free Teaching Resource: Bridge to Terabithia Audiobook Lesson

In this classic novel, fifth grader Jesse Aaron's dreams of becoming the fastest runner in his class are dashed when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns everybody, even him. But Jess and Leslie begin a friendship, and soon they discover a magical kingdom in the forest, where they reign as king and queen. The friendship between young Jess and Leslie grows as they meet in Terabithia — their secret hiding place — and only ends with the tragic death of one of them.

Set in contemporary rural America, "the story is one of remarkable richness and depth, beautifully written". — The Horn Book

1978 Newbery Medal winner; ALA Notable Children's Books of 1976–1980.

Ages
11, 12, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
5.3
Lexile Measure
810L
DRA
50
Guided Reading
T
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Number of Pages
144
Genre
Classics, Realistic Fiction

About the Author and Illustrator

Katherine Paterson Katherine Paterson is the author of many award-winning books, including Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved.
Donna Diamond

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