Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson is a book that makes writing a spoiler-free review rather difficult.  Here goes.

Some people…are places.  Places of trust, friendship, strength, imagination.  They are the place where you are your best, where things make sense, where things look hopeful – until they don’t.

Leslie is that person for Jess.  She is the girl who moves in right next door.  her lifestyle couldn’t be more different than his.  Sometimes, that makes for the best magic.

Leslie was more than his friend. She was his other, more exciting self – his way to Terabithia and all the worlds beyond.

And magic is definitely a key part of this story.  Not spell and wand magic, but imagination magic.  And Leslie.  Leslie is the magic.

…there in the shadowy light of the stronghold everything seemed possible.

What Leslie takes away and what she brings are hard on Jess.  If you (or someone you know) ever had an extraordinary friend,…if you ever visited an imaginary world,…if you ever experienced alone-ness and survived,…this story deserves a place in your life.

It was Leslie who had taken him from the cow pasture into Terabithia and turned him into a king.

After you read it, I would love to hear what you thought of it – as well as YOUR attempt at a spoiler-free review.



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