Bridge to Terabithia

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Bridge to Terabithia is a book about two fifth-graders who pretend to live in a magical forest kingdom called Terabithia in order to combat how ostracized they both feel. It was written by Katherine Paterson and published in 1977.

The first time I knew anything about this book was a sentence example from an elementary school textbook. I recognized the example about 15 years later when I first read the book. My desire to read the book came after seeing that it was being made into a movie, and wanting to know what it was about first. I bought the book, read the book, and adored it, Then, I watched the 2-hour long special effect movie, and was thoroughly disappointed. Why did they make Leslie, a tomboy, into a manic pixie dream girl? I have since found out that the book was first made into a movie in 1985, but I have yet to see it.



  • The book is well-written, exciting, and interesting through the whole story.
  • I love the friendship that grows between Jess and Leslie.
  • I like how it explains that bullies are often made that way due to things outside their control and should be helped rather than hurt.
  • The book hits you hard right in the feels.


  • Leslie's atheism is seen as a punishment worthy of hell by the townsfolk, and in the end, while there is some acquiescence from Jess's father, they don't really change. While this is pretty accurate toward reality, I would have preferred a more happy outcome.


  • Nothing.

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