Monday, May 14, 2007

Katherine Paterson: Bridge to Terabithia

Juberry and I decided we wanted to read this for our first book club book because neither of us have read it and we both wanted to. We also both wanted to see they movie, so we thought it would be a good idea to read the book before we saw the movie. We both really liked this book and we recommend everyone read this magical book. We'd like to post some discussion questions for you to ponder and then we'll discuss our answers later this week.

1. Jess finds peace in drawing, even though his family and teachers do not support it. When Miss Edmunds tells him he is “unusually talented,” how does her praise affect Jess? How do his actions change as a result of her encouragement? (And how has a teacher affected your life in this way? Why does this seem to be a theme, the single teacher who believes in and inspires students? Dead poets society, Mona Lisa smile…)

2. Jess thinks that defending Miss Edmunds “against unjust and hypocritical attack” from the other kids will do no good. Does this seem true? Why? What does that say about his feelings toward the other kids?

3. Jess thinks one of his character flaws is that he was born with no guts. In what ways is this true? Do you think he’s brave?

4. After Leslie’s death, Jess’s opinions of others change. What does he realize about Mrs. Myers? May Belle? What event has opened your eyes to someone?

5. What does the bridge to Terabithia signify to you? Why do you think it is so important in the book?

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