Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

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(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. Katherine Paterson likes novels with strong plots. She says, "As burdensome as the limitation of plot may seem to be, it is not one I'm willing to circumvent. I simply don't like novels that aren't going anywhere, and I can't imagine many readers who do." Define plot and discuss whether Bridge to Terabithia has an effective plot. Be sure to consider the accidental death of Leslie in this context.

2. Paterson sees herself writing novels, yet she has a preference for fantasies and romances. Define each form and discuss Bridge to Terabithia as a novel or a romance.

3. Although the narrator of the novel is third-person, the narrator stays close to the consciousness of Jess throughout the action. This proves to be a difficult strategy of telling the...

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