Thursday, January 12, 2012
Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
Barnes & Noble
Jess Aarons is eager to start fifth grade. He's been practicing his sprints all summer, determined to become the fastest runner at school. All seems to be on track, until the new girl in class (who also happens to be Jess's new next-door neighbor), Leslie Burke, leaves all the boys in the dust, including Jess. After this rather frustrating introduction, Jess and Leslie soon become inseparable. Together, they create an imaginary, secret kingdom in the woods called Terabithia that can be reached only by swinging across a creek bed on a rope.
But one morning a tragic accident befalls Leslie as she ventures alone to Terabithia, and Jess's life is changed forever.
I'd give this 2.5 stars, rounded up to 3 because the ending was beautifully written.
I think I'm too old for the target audience, so I didn't enjoy it as much as I would have 20+ years ago.