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Bridge to Boredom (and more),
This review is from: Bridge to Terabithia (Paperback)
Just because it won the Newbery Award, doesn't mean that it is that good. This book, Bridge to Boredom, was given that award by adults, adults who probably favor drama, which this book contains. But for children, who desire excitement, will be probably bored sick of this book. It is strange why drama is recommended for children. This is an adults' book, not a children's book. If it was a children's book, they should've put lots of adventure in it. I can't believe it won the Newbery Medal. Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising" is far superior to this
The story concerns Jess Aarons, "the fastest kid is school", until a new girl, Leslie, beats all of the boys, in a race. But school bores them down, so they go deep into the woods and construct "Terabithia", an imaginary world where they rule as king and queen.
Sounds like a nice, little fairy tale? No! Soon after the joy, tragedy follows, as Leslie accidentally dies. This is a sad story, actually, and no fun-loving child wants as sad story, so I do not recommend this to easily bored kids. What's the moral here? Death. What's the message? Death. What does it deal with? Death, death, and loads of death. "The Bridge to Terabithia" concerns the meaning of life and death, and how serious life can be. It uses a lot of drama, that no excitement comes.
Two words: VERY OVERRATED!