The demographic for 'Bridge to Terabithia' is Children's Literature 9+. I'm definitely not in that age group, but I love reading good stories, no matter who they are intended for.
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.
- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: Puffin; 1 edition (19 August 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141359781
- ISBN-13: 978-0141359786
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)