* CreatorBreakdown: The BittersweetEnding is inspired by a real life event that happened to the author's son. That same son would become the producer and co-writer for the 2007 film.
** In a [[http://www.vpr.net/episode/45776/ 2009 radio interview]], Paterson recalled that it took weeks to summon up the courage to write the ending, to [[spoiler: kill off the girl she had brought back to life.]]
* FakeAmerican: Everyone except the main cast of the movie.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Massive amounts in the 2007 movie. [[Creator/AnnaSophiaRobb Leslie]] is [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Violet Beauregard]], her dad is [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Mesogog]], the school bus driver is [[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Mr. Burley]], the principal is [[Series/PowerRangersRPM Colonel Mason Truman]], Jess' dad is [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay the T-1000]], and his music teacher is [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Trillian]].
** Series/HannahMontana and [[{{Series/Heroes}} Claire Bennet]] perform on the soundtrack (as does Violet).
* RetroactiveRecognition: Jess is a young [[Film/TheHungerGames Peeta]].
** And Leslie is [[Film/SoulSurfer Bethany Hamilton]]. In fact, the real-life Bethany saw [=AnnaSophia=] in this film and decided she wanted Robb to play herself.
** She is also [[Series/TheCarrieDiaries a teenage Carrie Bradshaw]].
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: Robert Patrick aka [[{{Terminator}} T-1000]] described his reason for taking the part in the film with precisely these words.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: The characters and story are based off events and people from Katherine Paterson's own life - Jesse off her son David, Leslie off his best friend Lisa Hill, etc., and Jesse's loneliness reflects Paterson's own inability to fit in at school with others. Plus the poverty of the situation during the Seventies post the Vietnam War era. And the religious connotations off her own upbringing, since she learned from her father (a missionary who often traveled as part of his duties).
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