BANNED BOOKS WEEK
BY: Abel Jorge(Bridge to Terabithia)
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA
Bridge to Terabithia is a book about two lonely children who imagine a magical forest kingdom. It was written by Katherine Paterson and was published in 1977 by Thomas Crowell. In 1978, it won the Newbery Medal. Paterson created this book based on a novel from a real event that occurred in August 1974 when a friend of her son was struck by lightning.
It's the story of Jesse Aarons, a young boy who becomes friends with his new neighbor Leslie Burke after he loses a footrace to her at school. She is a smart, talented, outgoing tomboy, and he likes her alot. He is an artistic boy who, in the beginning, is fearful, angry, and depressed. After meeting Leslie, his life improves significantly. He becomes courageous and learns to let go of his frustration.
WHY IT WAS BANNED
Its content has been the frequent target of censors and appears at number eight on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books for the decade 1990–2000.
The book receives constant censorship because death is a part of the plot (Leslie Burke dies) . Also because of Jesse's frequent use of the word "lord" outside of prayer, and allegations that the book promotes secular humanism, New Age religion, occultism, and Satanism, and for use of offensive language.
Though these allegations are completely false this book remains banned as of today.