Jess and Leslie, together create an imaginary land called Terabithia, which they reach by swinging over a creek on a rope. In this wonderland they seek escape from the difficulties of the real world and also learn how to cope. Until one day, tragedy strikes. This is the story of a special friendship between two lonely children.
“We need a place, just for us. It would be so secret that we would never tell anyone in the whole world about it.”
Bridge to Terabithia tells the story of Jesse Aarons and Leslie Burke. These two children are from opposite sides of the world. Jesse’s parents being more old-schooled whereas the Burkes lean toward a more modern way of thinking.
I watched the movie adaptation of this book when I was younger but didn’t pay much attention to it. I’m glad I decided to read the book. There was so much more in this story that the movie couldn’t show.
Jesse and Leslie’s friendship starts out with him wanting nothing to do with her but they end up being so close it’s no secret that the two of them are inseparable. Everywhere the one goes, the other follows.
They end up going to this place near the creek one day and find a whole new world they name Terabithia.
“It might be a whole secret country, and you and I would be the rulers of it.”
Terabithia is a place they created so that they can have a world of their own and no one else can tell them how to rule it. There Leslie is Queen and Jesse is King, along with a little pup, Prince Terrien.
“They stood there, not moving, not wanting the swish of dry needles beneath their feet to break the spell.”
This book was filled with love and sadness and happiness. It shows that unexpected things await around every corner and you never know how one thing can have a bigger impact on your life.
Katherine Paterson did a great job putting important aspects of life and friendship into such a short book.
Read: 4 September 2015
Publication Date: First published 1977
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Katherine Paterson