Bridge to Terabitia by Katherine Paterson

Read: January 21 - January 25
Format: Audio - 4 CDs equivalent 128 pages
Source: Public Library
Subject: Childhood, bullies, friendship
Category: The Kids have it!
Genre: Fiction
Challenges: 11 in 11, 75 Book, TIOLI, SYLL, AUDIO
Stars: 3

I don't exactly what to say about this book. There are nearly 200 reviews already on LibraryThing so I will forgo the story review and just go with my impressions.

The two main characters in this book are a 5th grade boy and girl who are thrown together because of the area they live in, their ability to run fast and their isolation. Jesse, the young boy, is alone on the family farm with 4 sisters and mother while his father works out of town. Leslie, the young girl, has moved to the rural area with her parents (both writers) who are trying to get back to basics (they don't even have a TV). Because of their mutual isolation from children of their age (Jesse because of working the farm) and Leslie (because she's the new kid on the block) they bond and together they create the imaginary world of Terabithia where they are the King and Queen.

The relationship that develops between of them is that of young love and when the tragedy hits, the reactions and how it is handled are touching. A lovely little book.

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