Bridge to Terabithia

Author: Katherine Paterson

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: 1977

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Audience: Gr. 3-6

Overview: This is a story about a boy named Jess Aarons who befriends a tomboy girl who moves in next door, Leslie Burke. Together they create a secret kingdom known as Terabithia where they are the king and queen. The only way to get to it is by swinging on an enchanted rope across a gully. They are able to find a place of sanctuary until a tragic event happens that changes one of the characters lives.

Activity: Have the students come up with their own type of sanctuary. What would they name it? Where would it be? Have them also draw a picture of what their secret place would look like.

Reviewer’s Name: Erin Mazzatta