This is a well written book and great for students of all ages but I actually liked the movie better. I thought they did a super job with the character of Janice Avery and I love the end. I don't generally like a movie better but this time I did. Enjoy both though.
I remember reading this back in elementary school (or middle school, I'm not sure which), and it is a book that sticks with me to this day. If you are looking for book that will help a young person cope with death and loss in a sincere and non-placating way, than this is the book for you. Plus, this book continues to show up on lists of books people try to get banned from school and public libraries, so you know it has to be worth reading. A must for any child's growth reading.
An excellent young adult book with insights into: being an outsider, boys *can* play with girls (and vice versa!), and death.
"We need a place," she said, "just for us. It would be so secret that we would never tell anyone in the whole world about it." She lowered her voice to almost a whisper. "It might be a whole secret country, and you and I would be the rulers of it."
It was Leslie's idea to create Terabithia, their secret kingdom in the woods where they reigned as king and queen. There no enemy--not their teacher, "Monster Mouth" Myers, their bullying schoolmates, Jess's four sisters, or even Jess's own fears and Leslie's imaginary foes--could defeat them. Jess's friendship with Leslie and the worlds of imagination and learning that she opens up to him, change him forever and enable him to cope with the unexpected tragedy that touches them all.
My 12 year old son had to read it in school and said he really liked it up until a character died and he hated it after that.