A Bridge to Terabithia
Katherine Paterson was born in 1932, in China. She was the daughter of missionaries. She and her family left China during World War II when Manchuria was invaded. They moved to various towns on the East coast of North America, finally settling in Winchester, Virginia. Paterson studied Bible and Christian education at King College in Bristol, TN. After she finished grad school she moved to Japan. While in Japan she met John Paterson, a Presbyterian minister, whom she eventually married. They moved to New York after the wedding. Over the years they had 4 children, two of which they adopted. Her son David, eight years old at the time, became friends with a little girl named Lisa Hill. Lisa was struck by lightning and was fatally injured. David was devastated. Paterson wrote Bridge to Terabithia to help them work through their pain.
This book was written in the late 1970s, in Lark Creek. The two main characters in this book are Jesse Aarons and Leslie Burke. Jess is a fifth grade boy at Lark Creek Elementary. Jess loves to draw and paint, but when he showed his father some of his work, his father was afraid of this characteristic, which Jess’s father viewed as somewhat feminine. His family wanted him to get the chores done, and to be a “young man”. Everyone at school wanted him to be an athlete, a “tough guy”, but instead he was sensitive. He lives in a house of four sisters, and his mother and father. So when he saw a moving van next door, he was hoping a boy his age would be moving in. So naturally he was a little disappointed when a little girl interrupted his morning run. That little girl is Leslie Burke. Leslie is a smart, creative, outgoing girl, but even more so she is outgoing. She was different. Her parents were very educated and well off. Leslie had been shown a world that many of the students at Lark Creek had never seen. She moved from the city. Her parents were easy going people. Leslie’s parents were both writers. Though...
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