6 interesting facts about ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ that you might not know
Publication date. October 21, ISBN · (hardback edition). OCLC · · LC Class, PZ7.P Br. Preceded by, Louisa Hampredge. Followed by, Katherine Paterson. Bridge to Terabithia is a work of children's literature about two lonely children who create a At school, Jess and Leslie are challenged by an older bully named Janice. climax · The moment when Jess returns from his trip to Washington with Miss clearly defined antagonist in Bridge to Terabithia; the closest thing would be society and Bible means she is going to hell, repeats over and over, "But Leslie , what if you die? themes · Friendship; childhood; conformity and individuality; fear. Buy the Paperback Book Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson at Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. The two become fast friends and spend most days in the woods . Date published:
When she told Jesse she was going to the dance with another boy Jesse just stared at her, a look of shock in his eyes.
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Is there something wrong? He thought to himself. She was blowing it; maybe Jesse really does just want to be friends. The pain he was feeling right now was to him far worse then the pain that he had felt two years ago when he was in the hospital after falling from that tree. It was a different kind of pain but pain none the less, and it was far worse then any physical pain he had ever experienced.
Believing that Jesse truly wanted to be nothing more then good friends; Leslie abandoned any thoughts of them as a couple. Over the next several weeks other boys asked Leslie out on dates. She was becoming quite popular now that the boys realized Jesse and Leslie weren't a couple.
Who could blame them, Leslie was very pretty, beautiful in fact, and her beauty was more then just skin deep. Leslie had a difficult time saying no to dates even if she had no interest in the boy asking her out. She was just too nice, so she would wind up going on dates with whoever asked her.
Secretly she still wished Jesse would ask her out on a date, or better yet ask her to be his girlfriend, but they were just friends, she knew that now, and that was how Jesse wanted it to be. She hated it, but she accepted it. Sometimes she would cry at night after a date wishing it were Jesse that she had been out with instead some other boy. She tried to stop thinking of him in that way, and even though she did have fun with most of the boys she dated none of them measured up to Jesse.
Friday and Saturday nights were often long and lonely for Jesse. Leslie was usually out on a date with some guy that Jesse hated. Hated for no other reason then they were out on a date with: Resigned to the belief that he and Leslie were just plain friends, Jesse asked a girl that had been flirting with him out on a date.
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The girl was very pretty and smart, like Leslie, and very nice too, she was kind of fun to be with, and she adored Jesse. She would stare at him with big soft eyes that made him uncomfortable. All he could see in her eyes was Leslie. He just couldn't shake the feeling that he had betrayed Leslie in some way. He couldn't stop thinking about her. Every time he'd look into the girls eyes all could see was Leslie looking back at him.
He felt sick inside, he felt guilty of some awful crime. So he told the girl he wasn't feeling well, and he took her home early. Then he dragged himself home, walking slowly, taking the long way around so he could avoid going by Leslie's house.
When he got home he spent the remainder of the evening sketching pictures of Leslie, and missing her. After that night he avoided anything that approached becoming a possible date, in other words he steered away from any girls he thought were even remotely flirting with him. It left him feeling uncomfortable and guilty, and even though Leslie herself was dating it didn't matter, he couldn't help thinking of her as his girlfriend.
Why can't I tell her how I feel about her, he'd ask himself from time to time, then he'd scold himself for being so stupid. Several weeks went by like this, Leslie was out on a date and Jesse would be home alone moping about waiting for Saturday morning when they would be together again.
These times were rather tense at first, Leslie would want to talk about her date of the night before or about some boy that had asked her out for Saturday night. Leslie soon realized that this was a sore subject and dropped it, but she couldn't help but wonder why? If Jesse didn't want to be her boyfriend why would he care about who she dated, perhaps he does like her in that way she thought, and it gave her hope. Then one Saturday night Brenda was camped out on the living room couch watching TV.
It was an rare site to see Brenda home without a date herself on a Saturday night, and since the rest of the Aarons family was out of the house for the evening Jesse wished Brenda would go away too, so he could be alone. He had closed himself up in his room with his sketchpad out, but all he did was stare at the blank page.
He would always wind up sketching pictures of Leslie and it made him miss her even more. He tried to think of something else to draw but his thoughts turned each time to Leslie. Then taking a break from his sketchpad he headed downstairs to get himself a snack and something to drink.
6 interesting facts about ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ that you might not know
As he passed through the living room on his way to the kitchen, Brenda looked up, she noticed a deep sadness about him and she further noticed that he was without his other half.
Like married," she said and laughed to herself. She can date whomever she wants to. I think you're jealous.
The way you look at each other, why-it's I'm not stupid," she said, rolling her eyes. That's how Leslie wants it. He looked distressed and it concerned Brenda. I'll be there in a few. He couldn't get to her fast enough. He grabbed a jacket and raced out to the car trying to hurry Brenda along. Brenda acted nonchalant and indifferent, but deep down she was worried. Jesse found Leslie in the lobby of the theatre.
She was off to one side and hiding in the shadows, he went up to her and when he was a few feet away from her she flew to him like he was a magnet and she were steel. She wrapped her arms around his neck melting into him and sobbing on his shoulder. Jesse stood there stunned, his arms at his sides. However, on the day it begins, he discovers a fondness for Leslie, eccentric and ostracized, and they develop a friendship. He marvels at the way she genuinely likes to read and write, not just to impress their teacher, and the way she makes running look beautiful and effortless not that he would ever actually say anything of the sort.
On a sunny day, Jess and Leslie use a rope to swing over a creek, and they decide to design an imaginary sanctuary from the burdens and pains of everyday life.
They reign as monarchs, calling their domain Terabithia and constructing a small refuge in which their imaginary escapades take place. At school, Jess and Leslie are challenged by an older bully named Janice Avery, whom they immensely detest.
After she steals a package of Twinkies from Jess' younger sister May Belle's lunch, they forge a romantic letter under the disguise of Willard Hughes, the object of Janice's infatuation, setting her up for misunderstanding.
The plan is successful, exposing her to public mortification. Later, Leslie encounters her sobbing in the girls' bathroom. It develops that her father beats her severely, and that this explains her difficulty relating to other people.
She is upset since she had confided her troubles to her two best friends, and they have spread the rumor all throughout the school.
At this, both Jess and Leslie develop sympathy for-and Leslie even the beginnings of a friendship with-Janice. In the meantime, Leslie's bond with Jess also increases powerfully, and they continue to indulge in the pleasures derived from Terabithia, adopting a puppy named Prince Terrien, abbreviated to P. One day in Terabithia, Jess complains about going to church for Easter and Leslie asks if she can come. He is uncertain about her request and he asks his mother about it.
She reluctantly agrees and off they go. After the mass, Leslie inquires what happens if you don't believe in God. May Belle jumps in and claims that He will damn you to hell. They looked at her in shock and Jess tells her to not go around damning people to hell.
On being invited on a trip to an art museum with Miss Edmunds, Jess accepts the offer without notifying Leslie or his parents beforehand he tells his mother while she is half asleep.
He enjoys it, but upon returning home is horrified to learn that while he was away, Leslie attempted to visit Terabithia on her own and drowned in the creek when the rope broke.
A shocked Jess, incapable of absorbing or accepting the impact or horror of her sudden death, denies his grief and even her existence. It is implied that May Belle is terrified that Leslie may be sentenced to eternal damnation due to her doubts regarding religion revealed at Easter. Jess' father reassures him that God could not possibly be so unfair. After he miserably accepts the inevitability of Leslie's death, he is saddened even further by the grief exhibited by her mourning parents, who have decided to return to their previous home in Pennsylvania.
Jess decides to pay tribute to Leslie by crafting a funeral wreath, bending a pine bough into a circle. Leaving it in their special pine grove in Terabithia, he discovers a terrified May Belle halfway across the creek—having attempted to follow him over the fallen tree he used to get to Terabithia after the rope broke—and assists her back. The Burkes grant him some lumber from aborted renovations they are leaving behind, which he uses to build a more permanent, though rudimentary, bridge.
He chooses to fill the void left by Leslie's death by making May Belle the new queen of Terabithia, permitting her to share his sanctuary from then onward Terabithia had been kept as Jess' and Leslie's secret before.
Then, tells her to keep her "mind wide open" and all of the inhabitants of Terabithia welcome their new queen. List of Bridge to Terabithia characters Jess Aarons Leslie Burke — An intelligent, talented, imaginative, outgoing girl, it is she who creates the imaginary kingdom of Terabithia.
Her talents include gymnastics, creative writing, swimming and running. Jess thinks highly of her, and they are loyal friends. She is a newcomer to his school, and not socially accepted by the other students.
She dies when she falls into a creek and sustains a head injury that keeps her unconscious until she drowns. Joyce Ann Aarons — Jess' bratty baby sister. May Belle thinks she is "nothing but a baby". May Belle Aarons — One of Jess' younger sisters. She is described as the only one of his siblings with whom he feels comfortable. However, because she is six years to his 10, she does not fit the mold of the ideal confidante to him, leaving him still desperate for companionship.
She clearly worships him from the beginning, and like him, feels that she does not have a place in the family.