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Paterson, Katherine
New York : Crowell, 1987
IL 5-8 RL 6.0
ISBN 0690013590
(2 booktalks)
Booktalk #1

A girl moves into a rural town outside Washington D.C. A boy lives next door and has been training to win the school race all summer. When the girl wins, you'd think that it would set them up as enemies or rivals from the start but oddly, something quite different happens. He shows her the practical side of knowing, as her family, authors restore the old farmhouse and she entertains him by retelling the stories she has already read. Be careful when you join their fantasy. You may have trouble with the goodbye you have to make.

Booktalk #2

Have you ever had a secret place that you could escape to?  Who would you share that place with?  Your best friend?  In Bridge to Terabithia, two fifth-grade children, Jess Aarons and Leslie Burke become unlikely best friends.  Jess, a boy form a large, poor family befriends the big-city girl, Leslie who is an only child.  Their homelives are totally different, but they become best friends.  Together they create their own "magical" kingdom they call Terabithia.  As the rulers of this make-believe world, they can escape the realities of their lives.  During Spring Break, tragedy stikes that threatens to destroy Terabithia.  Will the magic of Terabithia survive or will it be lost forever? (Joy M. Couch,

SUBJECTS:     Friendship -- Fiction
                        Death -- Fiction


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