- Hardcover: 181 pages
- Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books; Special edition (24 October 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062658743
- ISBN-13: 978-0062658746
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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Katherine Paterson is one of the world's most celebrated and beloved authors. Among her many awards are two Newberys and two National Book Awards, and she was recently named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress. She has been published in more than 22 languages in a variety of formats, from picture books to historical novels.
Donna Diamond has illustrated numerous children's books, including The Day of the Unicorn by Mollie Hunter and Riches by Esther Hautzig, as well as many book jackets. She lives in Riverdale, NY.
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The author is Katherine Paterson and this book won the Newbery Medal back in 1978. It still remains a popular book today and this is the third time I've read it.
The 'ordinary' characters were drawn realistically with strengths and flaws. Jess Aarons and Leslie Burke were the young and imaginative MCs. Jess came from a fairly severe, but loyal family. He was a normal boy who acted/reacted in normal ways and my lasting impression of him was - he's a good kid. Leslie was a quirky girl who had an 'old head' on her young shoulders.
The themes were somewhat meaty, but BTT was absolutely charming, too. It focused on the two tweens' friendship and their shared experiences. Additional elements in the story were tragedy and dealing with loss. The book was not a long read, but it somehow combined simplicity with complexity perfectly (very entertaining, too).
BTT was set in the 1970s with references to topical situations of the day. Of course, the important setting for the children was their representation of freedom and their opportunity to be individuals - the imaginary land of Terabithia.
Katherine's authentic writing used vibrant imagery and a lyrical style to express a wonderful and classic trope about childhood and life.
This book will sweep you through every emotion you possess, leaving you feeling amazed, bewildered and above all, inspired.
Definitely one to highly recommend and to re-read time and time again.