David Paterson is the son of author Katherine Paterson and the inspiration for her novel. Like the main character, Jesse, David experienced the overwhelming grief of losing his best friend when he was only 8 years old. In addition to taking readers through the making of the movie, he tells them about his own experience, his memories of his friend, and how he coped with her death in this book.
Just like their print partners, audiobook publishers have movie tie-in fever. Moviegoers/listeners can catch unabridged recordings of the popular tales that inspired current (or soon-to-be-released) family flicks Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, read by the author; Eragon by Christopher Paolini, read by Gerard Doyle; Beatrix Potter Favorite Tales: The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemimah Puddle-Duck Read Along Book & CD read by Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor; and Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, read by Robert Sean Leonard (film scheduled for February 16, 2007, release). All recordings but Peter Rabbit have been previously released, and all four of these selections feature packaging that showcases artwork from their respective films. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Jesse's colorless rural world expands when he becomes fast friends with Leslie, the new girl in school. But when Leslie drowns trying to reach their special hideaway, Terabithia, Jesse struggles to accept the loss of his friend. A Newbery Medal winner. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
"Set in contemporary rural America, the story is one of remarkable richness and depth, beautifully written." -- The Horn Book "Eloquent and assured." -- Kirkus Reviews 15 Banned Books Every Tween and Teen Should Read -- Brightly.com