Reading for a Lifetime Together

The Bridge To Terabithia
April 5, 2010, 9:43 pm
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This was also another book I read a long time ago and that I really enjoyed. I read this book in the fourth grade with my teacher Mrs. Hettenhausen. This story is about a young boy named Jesse Aarons, who is the only boy in a family of 5 girls. He Mom favors the girls and his Dad works out-of-town in Washington D.C., so he isn’t home very much in Arlington, VA. His youngest sister Maybelle, adores Jesse and follows him everywhere. Soon a girl named, Leslie Burke moves in close to the Aarons’ and she is very wealthy because her parents are both writers. The 2 soon become close friends. Jesse reveals to her that he is a great artist and Leslie reveals her love for fantasy stories. They create a secret world in the woods behind their houses, which can only be accessed by swinging on a rope over a creek. They name it Terabithia and spend every afternoon there, facing their enemies in real life, which they pretend are mystical creatures living in Terabithia. For Christmas Jesse gives Leslie a puppy and she names it Prince Terrien or P.T. for short and treat him as the prince and protector of Terabithia. Later, Jesse goes to the art museum with his music teacher and while there, Leslie goes to Terabithia alone, the rope breaks and she drowns in the creek. Jesse builds a bridge to Terabithia and takes his sister Maybelle there and names her the new Queen of Terabithia.

To this day, this book is still one of my favorites. It is a great story about friendship, bravery, and creativity. It was also the first movie I ever cried at. I remember sitting on the carpet in class reading the last chapter and being extremely sad and surprised that Leslie died. It came as a huge shock to me, because I had never read a book where the main character dies at the end. I can also remember closing my eyes and listening to Mrs. H read the descriptions and fantasizing about the different characters. I love this book and suggest it to anyone and everyone! -Jorden Guldner


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