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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
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A timeless coming of age classic regarding the bonds of friendship, love, and family with a sad reminder that the things that bring joy can in equal measure bring pain.

Jess and Leslie are two fifth graders who navigate through the cruel quagmire of unkind peers.

Together, they form a wonderful friendship as Jess possesses the gift of drawing and Leslie weaves magic with words and imagination. Escaping to a make believe world of Terabithia, they create a safe space where pain is left behind and nature heals. To obtain entrance to Terabithia, the two must swing out over a gully/ravine on a rope.

Tragically, Leslie's life ends as one day, alone, she attempts to cross to the other side and the rope breaks.

Building a bridge to Terabithia is Jess' way of coping with the loneliness and grief.
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