Illustrations: Peter Roberts
Publisher: Puffin Books
Publishing date: 2015
Jess Arons comes from a poor family full of children, but since he is the only boy, every work is based on him. His only pleasure is drawing but it doesn't make him any popular either at school or at home. His chance to experience a victory is only in running races. Jess is training all summer to improve himself, and when the time comes up, he is more than ready. But then he is defeated by Leslie Burke - a new girl that moved to the house next to his family's. They become friends when they find out how many things they have in common and are inseparable ever since. They create an imaginary kingdom in a forrest across a dry river that they name Terabithia. There they find refuge when things in a real life goes wrong and they don't want to see anybody but each other...
"It's like the smarter you are,
the more things can scare you."
Bridge to Terabithia is one of the books I had always wanted to read but never really had a chance. This book is unavailable in the Czech Republic, and you can only find it in a library, as it always has been with books I have ever fancied. Hence this book was one of the reasons why I have started to read in English, and I can tell you that story of Jess and Leslie is really worth it. It is actually quite a short book but this fact doesn't detract from its beauty. It tells story about one beautiful friendship and the power of it that has the ability of keeping it alive even when things change. It is also about family and the importance of it. And last but not least it's about life itself. It is very unique and meaningful story that I would recommend to everybody for it is highly inspirational.