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Explain what happened to Leslie and how Jess reacted in  Bridge to Terabithia.

In Bridge to Terabithia, Leslie tragically dies when she tries to swing into Terabithia over the river. The rope snaps and Leslie falls and hits her head. She loses consciousness, so she drowns in the river. Jess is absolutely devastated by her death. At first, she vehemently denies it, and then completely goes emotionally numb.

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In Bridge to Terabithia, Jess has a seemingly perfect day before he finds out the terrible news about Leslie. Jess visits an art gallery with Miss Edmunds, and then they have lunch together. He arrives home and feels elated, but as soon as he walks into the kitchen, he knows something is terribly wrong. His family is there, staring at him silently, and his mother suddenly breaks down in tears. Brenda tells him that Leslie has died.

Jess is immediately in a profound state of shock. His father tries to explain what has happened. He tells Jess that...

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