Bridge To Terabithia is a middle grade classic American book. I heard about this on Lauren’s blog called Northern Plunder. As soon as I read the book blurb I had to go ahead and get a copy, which I then read immediately.
The story is set in the mid to late 1970s in rural Virginia. Jess is twelve years old and about to start a new school year. He’s the only boy in a house with four sisters; many day-to-day jobs fall on Jess and he longs for time to escape so he can draw.
At the end of summer new neighbours arrive and their only child Leslie becomes firm friends with Jess. Together they create a make-believe world in the woods; while at school they face the bullies and support each other.
This is a classic book read and studied by many students. It deals with everyday pressures and has touching elements which many readers can either concur with or can learn from. I’m very late getting to this book, nor have I seen the film made from it, but it was a very enjoyable way to spend a few reading hours.
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Jess Aarons’ greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmates’ faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys’ side and outruns everyone.
That’s not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.