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What We’re Reading: Bridge to Terabithia

Post by Lisa Chandek-Stark
Posted July 23, 2013 in NoveList Bookshelf, NoveList Plus

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Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Paterson

"He began to trot across the yard. His breath was coming out in little puffs -- cold for August. But it was early yet..."

Is it time for you to read this book again? In the course of my general reading, sometimes I suffer boredom if the books I have chosen haven't turned out to be as engaging as I'd hoped. It is then that I might turn to an old favorite -- one I know will suck me into its world and fulfill that fantastical need. With a book such as Bridge, I am immediately drawn in by the first page and find that there is no external interpretation whirling around in my head. I never feel like I am on the outside looking in. The entire book could be read in a sitting without the real world interrupting at all. The writing is that good: "He began to trot across the yard. His breath was coming out in little puffs -- cold for August. But it was early yet. By noontime when his mom would have him out working, it would be hot enough..." 

The words flow, seeming completely natural. The main character Jess may have had a very different life from mine but somehow it does not matter. His load is a heavy one within his own family and somehow we can all identify with such a burden. His friendship with Leslie then gives him something to look forward to. This makes the end of the book even sadder but oh so fulfilling -- not just for Jess but the involved reader as well. Try reading this great read once again. 

-- Lisa Chandek-Stark, Senior Cataloger