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Bridge to Terabithia is set in rural Virginia in the mid-1970s The story revolves around characters the Aarons the Burkes the students and faculty in the elementary school Jess Aaron is one of the central characters He has four sisters two older and two younger leaving him in the middle Brenda and Ellie are the older teenage sisters that have a strong bond with their mother and dont pay much mind to Jess Joyce Ann and May Belle are his little sisters that look up to Jess Mr Aarons is always away from home working in a city nearby leaving Mrs Aarons to hold many of the responsibilities Since she believes in the men taking care of the men jobs Jess always has work to do in place of his father The girls never seem to have to do any work and Jess feels he is unappreciated and the black sheep of the family The Burkes move from Washington D C to rural Virginia They are well off and move to the area to re-evaluate their family values Leslie is the other main character who is looking for a sense of belonging and friendship Bill and Judy are here parents that are writers They are consumed with their work and dont pay much attention until their book is completed Jess and Leslie attend the same Elementary school where they become friends resulting from a race that Leslie won The two become inseparable and have a special place in the woods called Terabithia To get to their perfect imaginary world you must swing across the creek on a rope The lake becomes flooded from the constant rainfall and starts to concern Jess He continues to be quite and swing across the dangerous water since Leslie is so fearless and he doesnt want to look like he is afraid of anything Later Jesss music teacher invites him to spend a day in Washington DC
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