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Bridge to Terabithia
Author Katherine Paterson
Illustrator Donna Diamond
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's novel
Publisher Crowell
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover, paperback)
ISBN 0-690-01359-0 (hardback edition)
OCLC 2818232

Bridge to Terabithia is a novel by Katherine Paterson


Bridge to Terabithia is about two children who create a fictional kingdom in a forest. The two main characters are Leslie Burke and Jess Aarons.

The author thought of writing this book after her son David L. Paterson's friend Lisa Hill died from being struck by lightning in 1974.


In 1978, the book won the Newbery Medal.

The work was also awarded an ALA Notable Children's Book, which is given to the best children's books of the year.

In 2012, the novel was ranked number ten among all-time best children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal, a monthly with primarily U.S. audience. Two other books by Paterson made the top 100.


Two films have been made based on the novel, both with the original title. One was a PBS TV movie made in 1985, starring Annette O'Toole, Julian Coutts, and Julie Beaulieu.

The second was a theatrical film released on February 16, 2007, directed by the co-creator of Nickelodeon's Rugrats and former Hanna-Barbera animator Gabor Csupo and starring Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Robert Patrick, Bailee Madison, and Zooey Deschanel; the adaptation was done in part by David Paterson himself.

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