‘We need a place,’ she said, ‘just for us. It would be so secret that we would never tell anyone in the whole world about it.’
It was the new girl, Leslie, who invented Terabithia – a secret country in the woods beyond the dry creek bed. Here Jess is a king – strong, unafraid, unbeatable – so that when something dreadful happens – more dreadful than Jess could ever have imagined – he is able to face grief and disaster, and even save his kingdom for the future.
About the Author
Katherine Paterson was born in China and has lived in Japan and the United States. She currently lives in the state of Vermont with her husband John and four grown-up children. Katherine Paterson has won the Newbery Medal twice; in 1978 for Bridge to Terabithia and in 1981 for Jacob Have I Loved.
It has been a while since a book has brought me to tears and this one definitely did. The story of Jess and Leslie’s friendship was not only heartwarming but inspiring and dare I say magical.
Katherine spun a tale of such simple yet vivid childlike imagination that brought back fond memories of what made me fall in love with stories, to begin with.
She explored relationships through friends, family, and even school in such a genuine and personal point of view of the main character, which made him, as well as the bite-sized supporting characters not only lovable but realistic enough to slip out of the pages into reality.
It might be because the ending struck at my own looming state, but I believe that not just as a writer, but as a person, Katherine definitely hit the nail on the head with this one, especially with how she developed the main character Jess.
His character arc in particular really stood out for me as one of Katherine’s strongest streak in the entire book. As a person, Jess organically blossomed from page to page. He did not respond as expected by plot, but was very human to the tee.
When he arrived at his resolution in the end, it not only made sense. It melted my heart with the immense hope and genuineness. This, like his dialogue, inner thoughts and actions made him one of the youngest yet richly developed protagonists I have read yet.
Recommendation and Rating
It was such a good wholesome simple story with so much heart for anyone of any age to read and enjoy.
Rating: 5 Stars
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