Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson

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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.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lovelyloey
    Sep 30, 2007 @ 08:32:25

    I watched the movie and hated the ending. It just … ended. Is there even a moral, or a lesson behind it (apart from not swinging across brooks when it’s raining)?

    nylusmilk: the book is pretty much the same, that’s why i didn’t like it. the girl kind of had a pretty meaningless death.

    i think the moral value is staring at us in the face but we missed it haha.

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  2. lovelyloey
    Sep 30, 2007 @ 18:12:17

    I know it’s definitely something along the lines of promises, commitments and to be brave to face what you like, etc.
    Oh well.

    nylusmilk: wah, you saw it! haha. 😛

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