by Katherine Patterson
I don’t recall how old I was when I first read this book, but it made quite an impression on me. I must have been a young boy of 8 or 9 when I first picked it up. Bridge to Terabithia stirred a sense of wonder in me that many books seemed to have done before it, but it also stirred a sense of loss and compassion that very few books before it had done for me. It opened up a new window into stories and what they can be. I loved this book from a very young age and I don’t think I entirely knew why. To be honest, I still don’t know if I totally know why I love this book. I’ve just always identified with it, which I guess is the entire point of Sticky Books. Bridge to Terabithia has always stuck with me.
“Sometimes it seemed to him that his life was delicate as a dandelion. One little puff from any direction, and it was blown to bits.”
“It was up to him to pay back to the world in beauty and caring what Leslie had loaned him in vision and strength. ”
“Shh,” he said. “Look.”
“Can’t you see’um?” he whispered. “All the Terabithians standing on tiptoe to see you.”
“Shh, yes. There’s a rumor going around that the beautiful girl arrving today might be the queen they’ve been waiting for.”
“You never know ahead of time what something’s really going to be like.”
“That was the rule that you never mixed up troubles at home with life at school. When parents were poor or ignorant or mean, or even just didn’t believe in having a TV set, it was up to their kids to protect them.”
“It’s like the smarter you are, the more things can scare you.”
“Everybody gets scared sometimes, May Belle. You don’t have to be ashamed.”
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Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.