Bridge to Terabithia Questions and Answers
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In Bridge to Terabithia, who are Bill, Janice, May Belle, Brenda, and Gary?

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One of the central themes in Bridge to Terabithia is characters rising above their weaknesses. It is therefore very important to have an in-depth understanding of who is who.

Bill is Bill Burke, Leslie's father. He is described as an extremely intelligent man who is initially very absorbed in his work. He later sets about fixing up the farmhouse, becoming closer to Leslie in the process.

Janice Avery is described as an "overweight bully." It turns out, however, that she has an abusive father and has endured great suffering.

May Belle is one of Jess Aarons's younger sisters.

Brenda is another of Jess's sisters. Together with her other adolescent sibling, Ellie, Brenda is described as rather indulged and spoiled, used to getting her own way with her mother.

Gary Fulcher is Jess's arch-rival on the race track, constantly vying for the title of "fastest kid in the fifth grade."

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You can read about the characters in this book in the eNotes study guide. I've pasted a link to that site in the sources section below. Here is a brief identification of each one you've listed:

Bill Burke is Leslie's father.

Janice Avery is a bully. Jess and Leslie pull a prank on her but regret it afterward.

May Belle is Jess's baby sister.

Brenda and Ellie are Jess's teenaged sisters. They are selfish and vain.

Gary Fulchner is in Jess's class and is his rival for the fastest kid in the fifth grade.

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