Bridge to Terabithia | Study Guide

Katherine Paterson

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bridge-to-terabithia-katherine-patersonBridgeRepresents Jesss growth by allowing others to enter his worldNarrator, Chapter 7erabithia was still just for the two of them.Sources: Books under Fire by Pat R. Scales,, Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books, 19761985 edited by Lee KingmanCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.RopeRepresents the journey from reality to a world of imaginationTerabithiaSymbolizes the innocence and magic of an ideal childhood worldSymbolsYoung, free-spirited, “hippiemusic teacher; recognizes and encourages Jesss talentMiss EdmundsJesss curious, earnest, loyal 6-year-old sister; longs for her brothers attentionMay BelleBrave, smart, lively, imaginative 10-year-old girl; befriends Jess and creates Terabithia with himLeslieArtistic, lonely, responsible 10-year-old farm boy inspired by Leslie; loves to run and drawJessMain CharactersBridge to Terabithia was inspired by events from Patersons life, including her itinerant childhood as a daughter of missionaries and the death of her sons childhood friend. Paterson has written more than 30 novels and is known for tackling tough subjects, such as jealousy, death, religion, and persecution.KATHERINE PATERSONBORN 1932AuthorWith Leslies help, Jess learns courage means confronting and overcoming fear.CourageLeslie inspires Jess to become true to himself rather than conforming to norms.ConformityLoyal and adventurous friends Jess and Leslie grow and learn together. FriendshipJess Aarons befriends free-spirited Leslie Burke when she moves to his small, rural town. The two invent a magical land, Terabithia, where they have adventures and learn from each other. But when tragedy strikes, Jess must pick up the pieces and stand confidently on his own.The Friendship of a LifetimeTHEMESEnglishOriginal Language1977Year PublishedKatherine PatersonAuthorBridge to TerabithiaDramaChildrens Literature

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