Katherine Paterson was born in China where she spent part of her childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. Ms. Paterson has received numerous awards for her writing, including National Book Awards for The Master Puppeteer (1977) and The Great Gilly Hopkins (1979) as well as Newbery Medals for Jacob Have I Loved and Bridge to Terabithia. Ms. Paterson lives with her husband in Vermont. They have four grown children.
The book in one sentence: An innocent tale of friendship between a boy and a girl.
Who would you recommend it to: People who like to read about kids and their innocent friendships.
OK bits: How the friendship blossomed.
Boring bits: The whining family members and obstacles they faced that tested their friendship.
Random review quote:
“The story is one of remarkable richness and depth, beautifully written.” — The Horn Book
Verdict: I’ve not watched the movie version of this book, which was released somewhere this year or last, I think. I have not much expectations (but I was fooled by the movie poster’s design, thinking it was something like The Chronicles of Narnia; I bet every other person was as fooled as I am), but I did not like the way it ended at all. It was realistic (how can it not be, seeing as it was based on a true story), but I guess for me, I’d prefer a different and more meaningful ending.