Bridge to Terabithia

Book review by Amy Finley, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Honest, moving story of friendship and loss.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 91 reviews

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age 12+

Excellent writing but not for little ones

This book was extraordinarily beautiful. The writing itself was exquisite. The storyline was wonderful and included some difficult things many children have to deal with in life sometimes: bullies, trouble at home, etc. I read this book out loud to my 9 and 11 yr old and they didn’t mind those things at all. In fact it opened up some good conversations for us and helped them be grateful for the good family they have. There was a tiny bit of language and taking of the Lord’s name in vain (that might not bother some, but we don’t talk that way). I just changed those words as I was reading them so it wasn’t a big deal. Spoiler alert: I wish I had known one of the main characters would die tragically. It was very unexpected and horrifying . I bawled as I read the ending to my kids and they did too. In fact they were affected for the entire rest of the day and had to be comforted. The book is beautiful, but definitely for older children.

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Educational value
age 14+

Book with very negative outlook

Not sure why this book got any aclaim. The language and the descriptions are offputting, with very negative feel about everything, family, teachers, school...which are the things in a kid's life. Not sure how things were in 70's but in todays day and ways, it just seem to have characters out of place. There is nothing to story either, for more than half the book there is not much of any story, just author's miserable attempt to sketch up ten year old boy and everyone else is a negative character. Writer seem to want to write about teenagers much older but is describing ten year olds. Not sure which ten year old boy has a crush on his teacher. Looks like one of those books that were self praised/and advertised. Now, no one dare say anything against because it has been already been praised.

This title has:

Too much swearing

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