Friday, November 7, 2008

Bridge to Terabithia

Author: Katherine Paterson

First line: Ba-room, ba-room, ba-room, baripity, baripity, baripity--Good. His dad had the pickup going.

Why you should read this book: A brilliant and gripping story about fear and fearlessness, and the power of imagination to recreate reality. Jesse Aarons is the weird boy who draws funny pictures and dreams of being the fastest kid in fifth grade, a dream that is shattered by the arrival of newcomer Leslie Burke, a strange girl who upends his flat and joyless life and delivers him into a world of fantasy and magic. In the poetry of their young friendship, Jess comes alive to love and possibility through a story that touches readers in the deepest seat of emotion.

Why you shouldn't read this book: Like life, it will make you cry.

1 comment:

Comrade Kevin said...

That book made me bawl when I was a kid. Mom was a fifth grade English teacher, so she kept the house well stocked with books like this.