What does Terabithia mean for Jess and Leslie in Bridge to Terabithia?

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Karyth Cara eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For Jess and Leslie, Terabithia is a secret and magical place where they can express their dreams and expose their inner pain. It is a place where they can achieve their own hearts' desires without being at the command of imposed goals reflecting others' desires for them. Terabithia is a honest place that is enlivened with the magic their real lives lack.