Paperback, 143 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Trumpet Club Special Edition (first published 1977)
Edition Language : English
Setting : Virginia (United States)
Literary Awards : Newbery Medal (1978), Zilveren Griffel (1983), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Nominee (1979)
Jess Aarons’ greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmates’ faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys’ side and outruns everyone.
That’s not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.
This is my first read for our bookclub over at instagram @bookishpinoys ( You should go check us out guys! ) for the October Book to Movie #BookispinoysReadAthon. In the first pages I really think it resembles Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen because two children first annoyed but yet as the story goes on it becomes bit of a Eleanor and Park kind of book then all of a sudden. Boom. Plot twist.
I will keep this one short because the book is so short but full of emotions. I love that the book showed how Jess grew up and matured in a short period of time and I miss Leslie so much. I can’t understand why this all happened but it hurts all the same. I can see the difference in the family of the two but when they go to their secret place all of those just dissappear and they are just King and Queen with all their adventures and I just love how they shift and I miss that about childhood.
This book will show you how to not be afraod but also that it is also okay to be afraid. Because everybody is afraid of something. The smarter you are the more things you are afraid of.
4 stars to this beauty because it may seem so innocent but it will break you and repair you in the end.