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Bridge to Terabithia
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on March 22, 2003
The book Bridge to Terabithia is a story of two friends with a world all their own. Jess, the first of the two, is a shy kid with some dreams and ambitions. Leslie is a tomboy with a big imagination, and fast. On the first day of school, she proves herself faster than any of the boys in third, fourth and fifth grades. Although Jess was shy of her at first, once they became friends almost nothing could seperate them. It is Leslie with her imagination who comes up with the idea to create a coutry just for them, with them as the rulers of it. Jess readily agrees with her, and they build a 'castle' across the stream in the woods. Leslie names their country Terabithia. Together, both of the friends have some excititing experiances. Then, after months of close friendship, the two are seperated for good. It is hard for Jess to learn to accept the fact that he will never see Leslie again, until he realizes that she gave him so much, and he needs to return it to the world.
I thought that this book was a fairly good book, although the setting was very different from my own home. Most of the charectors are unjust, not at all like my life. I especially liked Jess and Leslie's charectors, and I would recomend this book to people who enjoy reading about every-day life with a little fantasy mixed in.
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on December 15, 2000
This book is about a ten-year-old boy, named Jesse, who loves to run and draw. Every morning he gets up and runs. One day he sees a person sitting on a fence post. At first, he cant't tell if it's a girl or boy, so he goes and sees. Jesse finds out that the person is a girl. Her name is Leslie, and she is a real tomboy. Leslie and Jesse are the most important characters in the book. They become really good friends. They are in the same class. Everyday at recess, everybody in the 4th, 5th and 6th grade ran in a race on the playground. Leslie ran one day and won. The next day after school, Jesse and Leslie built a magical kingdom in the woods. They called it Terabithia. One day Miss Edmunds calls Jesse and asks him to go to Washington D.C. with her to visit the art mueseums there. Jesse tells May Belle where he is going and then leaves. When they return, Jesse's mother had been worried to death about him. She also tells him something, and that day turns out to be the saddest day of hs 10 years of living. In order to find out what happens, you will have to read this book. The Bridge to Terabithia made you have different emotions in each chapter, like loving, sadness, happiness, and hatred. This book is a perfect book to read if you become lonely in life. I hope you can get this book and read it.
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on February 1, 1999
Well,if you're in 6th grade you probably cannot avoid this book.My reading teacher had us work with it a lot.This did make me understand the characters better,but my impression of the book remained average.I'm gonna give you both sides of Bridge to Terabithia.First the good. The characters are never sketchy,even supporting ones stand out wonderfully.There is a wonderful variety of literary techniques(similes,metaphors,irony,etc.)The language choice of verbs,adverbs,adjectives,etc,is also intellegent.The bad: The story does a bad job of getting much emotion out of me.Most of the people in my Reading class agree,they don't feel touched.The setting isn't exactly believable.Even in the 70's,that setting was not typical for a fifth grade boy.There's a high level of mild profanity,which was distracting to say the least.I'll play a Duke Nukem game if I wanna hear that but I don't want to hear it in a Newbery winning novel.The pictures suck.The quality of writing is quite shaky,that being the quality is bad in the first part and good in the second.Overall,I must say the weaknesses outweigh the strengths.Everyone HATED it(but of course,for my teacher I had to pretend It was great)
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on May 26, 2004
The book was about the relationships characters. There were two main characters. Leslie was a nice girl who moved into the town. She was different that the others students. At first jess didn't even like her. However, later they become good friends. They were going almost everywhere together. They become really good friends.
Leslie and Jess wanted to create a secret place. She found the place in the forest, but to go in that place you have to Cross- River, it was little bit hard. But they went there and call that place Terabithia. They were going almost every day there; they were playing or just sitting. I really liked this book, because it's about secrets, it's interesting to know someone's secret, and keep that in our heart. I feel sorry for Jess, if I be in his situation I would cry and cry ...some part I didn't like in the book, because some words were hard to translate or understand. I would give this book a 6 of 10, because I didn't like the ending.
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on July 11, 2000
Have you ever wanted a good friend? If you answered "yes", then you should read Bridge to Terabithia. This interesting and exciting book about friendship will teach you about love, determination, and loss. Jess Aarons wants to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade, but when his new neighbor, Leslie Burke, comes to school the challenge is even harder for him. Even though Jess didn't become the fastest runner, he found a new friend in Leslie. Jess and Leslie also found a magical place in the woods that they called Terabithia. It was a private place just for them. Jess likes to draw, he's a good friend, and he's nice. Jess has two older sisters. They're lazy, selfish, whiney, and bossy. Jess also has a younger sister named Maybelle. She follows him everywhere like a cute little puppy, but he draws the line when it comes to Terabithia. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes great books about friendship.
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on July 9, 2000
This book "Bridge to Terrabithia" was an o-k book. being a 13 year old in New York, i thought the book was a little boring. The best part was the ending, and i hate books where you have to wait all the way to the end to get an exciting part. But it had a great story about a true solid and excellent friendship between 2 main characters.
I think that this book is a good book but like i said if i could change it i would definetly change the sequence of events. I think the author did an excellent job in describing this book, but didn't emphasize in the thoughts of the reader.
Yet this book was a little boring, it was inspirational, and a great childrens book. I would DEFINETLY recomend it to other people *OF ALL AGES* so please go to your library and take out this book!
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on March 3, 2000
Bridge to Terabithia is about a young boy named Jess and a new student named Leslie. They made an imaginary land named Terabithia. Terabithia is a place where they can go and be away from the normal world. The only way that they could get over to Terabithia, was to swing across an old rope that is suspended across a small stream. Jess and Leslie would cross the bridge every day and made a visit to their make-believe world. One day there was a huge storm. Jess and Leslie tried to cross the old rope. This one day would change their lives forever. This book was okay. It was just not detailed enough. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes carried out stories. This book wasn't one of the best books that I've read, but it was pretty interesting.
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on October 15, 2003
Jess was a good runner. He was the fastest runner in the fifth grade. He was the only boy in his family. He had four sisters. His music teacher was his favorite teacher. Leslie got to run with the boys and won every race she competed in. Garry who was the bully did not want her to race because she is a girl. The boys picked on Leslie because she did not have a TV. Janice Avery was a tough girl. She took May Belle�s twinkies. Jess and Leslies played a trick on her. Janice Avery was in the bathroom crying about her dad beating her. Leslie went in and became her friend. One day Mrs. Edmunds asked Jess if he wanted to go to an art museum with her. When Jess got home Leslie was dead and his mother thought he was to.
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on May 1, 2003
While setting some fine examples of how the characters express themselves and their interests, this book sends mixed messages about what is "normal" and how to treat people who don't conform. The main characters Jess and Leslie, are social outsiders who find comfort in each others accepting company. They learn to have compassion for bullies, inept parents, and pestering younger siblings. On the other hand, the book reinforces the notion that fat people are deserving of contempt. In addition, some of the language in the book is inappropriate and a bad example for young people. I was surprised this book won the Newbury and saddened that higher standards weren't applied.
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on November 10, 2000
Book Review By:Christina Tolson
The Bridge to Terabithia
The Bridge to Terabithia is a sad but inspiring story. Jess Aarons' is stranlded in a house with a naggy mom, adad who is never there , and his four sisters JoyceAnn,MayBelle, Elie, and brenda. The setting takes place outside of Washigtion, D.C. in a farm areaaround the 1960's . One day a city girl named Leslie Burke moves nextdoor to Jess Aarons'. Then Leslie Burke and Jess Aarons ' became best friends. They were inseperable. Leslie and Jess made up there own magical world Terabithia. Will Leslie and Jess hold there friendship ? This was a falblous story!!!
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