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Author: Katherine Paterson Narrator: Robert Sean Leonard Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9780061126093
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Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.

That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together, they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits. Then one morning a terrible tragedy occurs. Only when Jess is able to come to grips with this tragedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Paterson's Newbery-winning novel becomes an entertaining and dramatic audiobook via Leonard's accomplished reading…Leonard deftly interprets the strands of humor, realism, and heart-wrenching emotion woven into Paterson’s fine tale. His careful and authentic handling of Jess’ anger and grief in the aftermath of the accident is sure to touch listeners.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Written by the author for her then young son whose best friend was killed by lightning, this Newbery Medal winner moves the heart and spirit with its beautiful writing, wrenching honesty, and hopeful ending.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Katherine Paterson’s graceful intertwining of fantasy and realistic psychology has touched readers ever since the book’s 1977 release.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A USA Today bestseller
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An ALA Notable Book
  • A Library Journal Best Book
  • A Newbery Medal winner

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 5/21/2011

    " This is one of those books that you read as a child and stays with you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 5/18/2011

    " This was one of my favorite books as a kid! What a cool way to have grown up, having a place and the power of imagination to create your own world. I was devastated at the ending :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. | 5/17/2011

    " I can say this for certain: this is the first book that has ever made me feel something deep and raw; the first to make my eyes and heart well up; the first book to make me realize reading was serious. This book should be read in every elementary school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 5/16/2011

    " I had to read this book in the 4th and 7th grade. I enjoyed it. I was really good. It had a realy good story line. Some parts were sad, but realistic. Very much like the movie. It's a book I most likey would not have picked up to read by myself, but it was really good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 5/16/2011

    " The movie was way better than the book. (I know, one of the very few times) The movie stayed VERY true to the book, and added a lot more emotion that was never in the book. This is such an emotional story, and the book doesn't cut it. The movie, I think, portrayed it perfectly! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denesha | 5/15/2011

    " Good.It was Okay.I read it at school with my class in 5th grade(I THink).I found it boring.I was like waiting for it to end.Plus the ending was sad.That was the only time when my eyes was wide open during the reading.But besides that the action/adventure was good.The Imagination was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 5/13/2011

    " A story of friendship and imagination it was a good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 5/13/2011

    " I have read this before in school and was interested, it was one of the first books I have read through by myself. I saw it and thought about picking it back up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smilies | 5/12/2011

    " A cute story of the adventures two imaginative kids can get into, it is one of the sadder books that I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 5/10/2011

    " Another childhood favorite. Though sad towards the end, it teaches you life lessons about imagination and the bonds of friendship. "

About the Author

Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. She has received numerous awards for her writing, including two National Book Awards and two Newbery Medals. An active promoter of reading and literacy, she lives with her husband in Barre, Vermont. They have four grown children.

About the Narrator

Robert Sean Leonard is an American actor best known for his role as Dr. James Wilson on the television series House M.D. His many film credits include The Dead Poets Society and The Age of Innocence. He has had numerous roles on Broadway, including The Invention of Love, for which he earned a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. He also is an award-winning narrator who has been part of several full-cast readings that were finalists for the prestigious Audie Award. He has garnered five AudioFile Earphones Awards, and his readings have been called “masterful” and “insightful” (AudioFile).