Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

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dc.title Bridge to Terabithia
dc.creator Paterson, Katherine
dc.subject Friendship- Juvenile fiction.; Death-Juvenile fiction. LCSH
dc.description 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.
dc.publisher HarperCollins
dc.contributor Katherine Paterson 2003-05-06 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 144 pages; 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.5 in.
dc.identifier ISNB-13: 978-0064401845 ISBN
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson; originally published by T.Y. Crowell, New York: 1977
dc.coverage 1977-2003
dc.rights All rights reserved

Bridge to Terabithia stars Jess, a 10-year-old boy, who befriends a student, Leslie. Together they create an imaginary world called Terabithia. They have many adventures together until an accident leaves Jess alone to reign over Terabithia. Bridge to Terabithia was first challenged in Lincoln, Nebraska schools “because it contained ‘profanity’ including the phrase ‘Oh Lord’ and ‘Lord’ used as an expletive” (New Mexico State University Library, 2015). It has been challenged by other school districts for not only offensive language, but also the belief that the material encourages Satanism (American Library Association, n.d.).

American Library Association. (n.d.). Top ten frequently challenged books lists of the 21st century. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from

New Mexico State University Library. (2015, December 8). Censorship and banned books. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from

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