Jesse Aarons is the central character of the story. He meets Leslie Burke, who is the new girl in the neighborhood. They become friends, creating a fantasy land for their enjoyment. They both enter the land they call “Terabithia.” They create this fantasy land to play, pretend, and develop a plan for dealing with their school bully.
One day, Leslie enters the land by herself and dies, leaving Jesse with the struggle of coping with her death. When Jesse returns from a field trip, he learns about Leslie’s accident and is overcome with grief.
Yes, it IS sad. But why should it be banned?