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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

There's only one thing Jess Aarons is looking forward to in fifth grade, and that's being the fastest kid in school. He's been practicing all summer. He hasn't had much else to do, since his mom spends all her time with his four sisters and his dad is always working.

But when Jess arrives at the school playground to show off his speed, his new neighbor, Leslie Burke, beats him to it. She's way faster than Jess. But instead of being jealous, Jess admires Leslie's skill, confidence, and wild imagination. The two become instant friends, spending hours in the woods by their houses creating a magical kingdom. Then tragedy strikes, and Jess is left alone. How can he ever go on?

Gripping, relatable, and very emotional, this powerful tale touches hearts with its wonderful portrayal of love and friendship.

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.

11, 12, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 4 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
HarperCollins Publishers
Number of Pages
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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