Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

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(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Bridge to Terabithia is a sensitive, emotionally honest novel about characters who rise above their weaknesses through emotional strength and generosity. Both Jess and Leslie have special needs, he for athletic recognition to appease a father disgusted by Jess's true interest, art, and she for acceptance from a new school whose students regard her as alien. In the woods near their homes, the children create an imaginary land in which their friendship flourishes away from social prejudice and familial pressure. Terabithia evokes the magic of the childhood forts, tree houses, or clubs familiar to most readers....

(The entire section is 198 words.)