Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Together, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen. This friendship helps Jess cope with the tragedy that makes him realize what Leslie taught him.
|violence||Large tree trunks and roots pop out of the ground and morph into giant troll feet that begin to chase Jess and Leslie through thick woods; a dog barks and charges the troll feet, nuzzles in between the toes causing the troll to laugh, and the dog pulls out green moss (which is referred to as troll toe jam). Large sharp-toothed creatures (they look like wild dogs) surround a boy and a girl, and they lunge at them: the boy and the girl fight them off with sticks, a dog bites the tail of one creature, and the boy imagines having an iron glove on his hand and punches two of the creatures that are thrown into a tree. A boy punches another boy hard in the face (the boy is thrown back into a set of shelves). A boy and a girl are chased through woods by flying creatures (they look like crows), against whom they throw "grenades" knocking them out of the sky; but other creatures pick up the chase, and one lifts the girl off the ground, whereupon the boy grabs her legs and they manage to make the creature crash into a tree (the boy and the girl are unharmed). A boy falls out of a tree and is caught by a giant troll, just before hitting the ground. A large tree tips into a tree fort where a boy and a girl are, it cuts through a canvas tarp, and they imagine that the event was caused by a giant troll. A boy imagines being chased by a creature (we see mostly moving shadows) through thick woods, and he trips, so he covers his head in fear (he's OK). A boy sees a dark, shadowy figure moving close to him through a forest and he is frightened. Dragonfly warriors, with swords and bows and arrows, swarm creatures (they look like wild dogs) that are trying to attack a boy and a girl, and the creatures retreat. Pine cones drop into a tree fort where a boy and girl are, and they imagine being attacked by creatures with large teeth (they look like wild dogs), and one lunges at the boy but the boy punches it away. A boy and a girl find a huge troll track in the woods. A little girl stumbles on a fallen tree and nearly falls into a creek. A boy shoves his little sister and she falls on the ground. Children tease a boy on a school bus and one throws a piece of bread with peanut butter that sticks to his shirt. Two boys tease another boy about his sneakers, which have pink stripes and laces. Two boys shove another boy in the hallway and he falls on the floor; one of them has a bloody nose later and it is suggested that a girl punched him. A "dirt monster" swirls into the shape of a living thing, and then back into dust in a few scenes and it appears to be following a boy. A man yells at his son when he loses his keys. A young girl cries and asks her brother to beat up a girl who stole her Twinkie (he does not oblige her). We hear that a girl drowned and we see her parents and friends grieving. We hear that a girl is being physically abused by her father. A young girl talks about the Bible being scary with the "nails through the hands and eternal damnation." A girl talks about people who are prisoners of a "dark master" and that they need to rescue them. We see drawings of winged creatures with many sharp teeth and weapons (swords, arrows, and knives). A boy is startled by the rustling of animals in a thick forest as he walks through trying to find his friend. An animal is caught in a trap and a boy releases it in the woods (his father wanted to kill the animal). Several children chant "free the pee" while marching toward a bully who makes them pay to use the bathroom. A girl has ketchup stains on her face from another girl who squirted her.|
|profanity||At least 4 damns and 3 hells, some of which are difficult to understand|
|frightening||Scenes of bullying may be upsetting to children. Jess returns home after a museum outing with his teacher. His family appears both concerned and relieved to see him, and then tell him why. He gets the bad news that Leslie is dead and that she died when she fell into the creek after their rope swing broke. He runs off to his room, upset and thinking they're lying. Later, however, he and his parents then visit her grieving parents (as do others). During this visit, he imagines seeing Leslie pass by. We see moments where the Dark Master is shown running from far away, but it is frightening. Once he starts chasing Jess until he catches him, but he was actually imagined and was actually his dad.|