Bridge to Terabithia
Jess Aarons is about to go into 5th grade and is trying to get the attention of his busy dad, but has to compete with his 5 sister. May Belle is the only person in his family he really gets along with. He dreams of being the fastest runner at school but soon comes to an end when a girl, Leslie, outruns everyone. At first he is crushed but they soon end up becoming friends. Jess and Leslie are outcast and get bullied by Janice Avery. They find a nearby forest and is only accessible by swinging on a rope over a creek, called Terabithia. They imagine this land where they are royalty and get away from bullies and school. When Janice Avery steals May Belle’s food, Leslie and Jess get back at her by writing a fake love letter and embarrassing her. A few months pass and they find out that Janice is unhappy, they find ways comfort her. By Easter, it is raining hard and it becomes difficult to cross the creek to go to Terabithia. When Jess goes to a museum with his music teacher and has one of the best days of his life, Leslie goes without him. When Jess returns home he finds out that Leslie died when she tried to cross the creek to Terabithia. His first reaction is it isn’t true and he doesn’t want to believe it, but he slowly begins to realize what he gained by having Leslie in his life all along. He then goes to Terabithia for the first time without Leslie and has a follower, May Belle. May Belle attempts to cross the creek and almost falls in but Jess is there to rescue her. After Jess builds a bridge across the creek to Terabithia and welcomes May Belle to the imaginary land and makes her its new queen.
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Paterson, K.. N.p.. Web. 08 Nov 2013. <http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/terabithia/summary.html>.