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Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia


by Katherine Paterson

Analysis: Tough-o-Meter

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(3) Base Camp

The things that make this book tough aren't big words, complex structure, or anything like that. At first, we think we're reading a nice, straightforward text about friendship and imagination amongst elementary school students. Later, though, bad things happen and the characters – and us as readers – have to address some really weighty issues: death, loss, and grief. Don't be embarrassed if you tear up by the end of this book. Shmoop's eyes weren't dry either.

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