The Bridge to Terabithia

Written by Katherine Paterson, Grace Thompson, Block 2


Jesse Oliver Aarons is an 11 year old determined to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. He is a hard worker, kind, and tough. Growing up with 4 sisters and a girl for a best friend, he has to be. How else would Jess survive. That silly straw hair and overalls worn in the summer, he is what you would call a country boy.He is a protagonist.

Leslie Burke is 9 at the beginning, but 10 years old at the end. She is a major tom-boy with hair as short as one's, and never taking off those cut-off pants. Leslie is a major bookworm with stories constantly floating around in her head. She was, after all, the one who created Terabithia. Leslie lover her parents, and as an only child, is amazingly happy to have Jess as her best friend. She is a protagonist.

Prince Terrian is Jess's Christmas present to Leslie. He is the cutest little puppy ( and the most energetic ) I have ever heard of in a book. He is little tan puppy, about 3 or 4 weeks old when he was first adopted. He is a supporting character.

I Loved This Book

This book was an amazing example of friendship and love. It was an inspiration to make friends and understand more of what they mean to us. I love how the friendship between Jess and Leslie did not break when Leslie moved onto elsewhere. This book is amazing and I read it 3 times the first week I had it. It was really funny to see how the kids bullied Joyce Ann instead of it being the other way around for once.


The first main setting in this book is Terabithia. It is a little hut made of wood in the nearby forest, but with some imagination, it turns into a massive castle stronghold. It is located on the other side of the creek from Jess and Leslie's houses. The only valid way to get in, it to swig across the creek on a rope. Down the creek from the rope on the house side, there is a crab apple tree, long since dead. The second main setting is the school, where a lot of Leslie and Jess's funny jokes happen. They also became friends on the recess field, which was where they really RUN.


I think the theme is having courage even in dark, sad, lonely prove this, I have chosen a paragraph out of page 188. "As for the terrors ahead- for he did not fool himself that they were all behind him-well, you just have to stand up to your fear and not let it squeeze you white. Right Leslie? Right."

I found this particular paragraph inspiring and perfect for this report.

The Rope

i think the rope is a very important item in the sense that it was the thing that helped to discover Terabithia. I encouraged Jess and Leslie's friendship, and it was the thing that caused Leslie to "move on". It was an old, moldy, long rope. Jess and Leslie tied it to a tree next to the narrowest part between banks of the creek.