8: 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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