8: Bridge to Terabithia

bridge to terabithia

This episode is dedicated to all those who have lost someone very dear to them. ♥

In this episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys, we review the beloved classic Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. In the words of our friend, Benji from Goodreads:

“Even when you know that it’s coming, even when you’re completely and totally prepared, it destroys you and leaves you an emotional wreck.”

Yes, Benji, yes. So grab a box of tissues and join in our conversation!

Show Notes:

  • We apologize for the audio quality of this episode. Lauren forgot to switch from her laptop microphone. We promise the next episode will be better!
  • For the Love of Books! Leah is done with romance, Mandy has purchased some more books that will look pretty on her bedside table, and Lauren is lacking motivation.
  • Per usual, Mandy looks for book news as we record
  • Katherine Paterson is awesome
  • References to Narnia and other fantastical books
  • We discuss the profanity used in this book
  • “What was your response to Bridge to Terabithia?” “Tears. Lots of tears.”
  • Lauren goes on a rant about how girls can like Star Wars too!
  • Let’s cut Jess’s parents a break
  • Tissue break!
  • Surprise puppies!
  • Jess’s loneliness
  • Mandy is in pain
  • Another tissue break!
  • Imagination helps us escape from the harshness of reality
  • Growing up too soon
  • Using your pain to help others around you
  • Bullying
  • A good rule to follow: just be kind to people
  • Fear that paralyzes and fear of judgment
  • It’s okay to be afraid, and it’s okay to ask for help
  • Our thoughts on death, loss, and grief
  • Sometimes you just need to stand there and cry
  • Tissue break #3!
  • When we experience loss and trauma, we can be a help to others who go through loss
  • Building the bridge: share memories of those we have lost. Take the good they have given to the world and pass it on.
  • Tissue break #4!
  • Guilt and God’s sovereignty
  • Listener feedback
  • Newbery honor books from 1978 and the scandalous story about one of the authors
  • Leah and Mandy help Lauren decide which book to read next.

Links related to this episode:

Amazon link to purchase Bridge to Terabithiahttp://amzn.to/2rISFXj

Ramona and her Father – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/91247.Ramona_and_Her_Father?ac=1&from_search=true

Teen author of book on mental health – http://metro.co.uk/2017/06/12/teenager-writes-childrens-book-about-mental-health-after-battle-with-anorexia-6703227/

Wonder film trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngiK1gQKgK8

Katherine Paterson’s website – http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/paterson

Amazon link to purchase A Wrinkle in Time – http://amzn.to/2sKTtQk

Contact Info:

Leah – https://www.instagram.com/leahranjel/

Mandalay – https://www.instagram.com/mandymalay/

Lauren – https://www.instagram.com/graciefirstborn/


Intro Music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music
Ending Music: “Ukelele” by Royalty Free Music from Bensound

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