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  • Bridge to Terabithia By: Katherine Paterson Published in 1977
  • This is Leslie Burke. She plays the Protagonist. She is next-door neighbors to Jesse Aarons the other protagonist in this story. She moved in with her parents.
  • Leslie Burke is brave. In this passage the boys are all racing on the playground and Leslie wants to see what's going on. "Gary stopped walking and wheeled to face him. Fulcher glared first at Jess and then at Leslie Burke. "Next thing," he said, his voice dripping with sarcasm, "next thing you're gonna want to let some girl run." Jess's face went hot. "Sure," he said recklessly. "Why not?" He turned deliberately toward Leslie. "Wanna run?" he asked. "Sure." She was grinning. "Why not?". This passage represents how she is brave because she is not scared to run with the boys.
  • Leslie Burke is athletic. In this passage Jesse is running in his heat and thinks he is pulling ahead. "He felt it before he saw it. Someone was moving up. He automatically pumped harder. Then the shape was there in his sideways vision. Then suddenly pulling ahead. He forced himself now. His breath was choking him, and the sweat was in his eyes. But he saw the figure anyhow. The faded cutoffs crossed the line a full three feet ahead of him. Leslie turned to face him with a wide smile on her tanned face.". This passage represents how she is athletic because she beat Jesse in his heat even though he had practiced all summer.
  • Leslie Burke is honest. In this passage her teacher is assigning a homework assignment, watching TV! But Leslie has to admit that she doesn't have a TV. "In the classroom there was a shuffling of feet and papers. "Now I want to give you a homework assignment" -muffled groans-"that I'm sure you'll enjoy."-mumblings of unbelief- "Tonight on Channel 7 at 8 p.m. there is going to be a special about a famous underwater explorer- Jacques Cousteau. I want everyone to watch. Then write one page telling what you learned." "A whole page?" "Yes." "Does spelling count?" "Doesn't spelling always count, Gary?" "Both sides of the paper?" "One side will be enough. Wanda Kay. But I will give extra credit to those who do extra work." Wanda Kay smiled primly. You could already see ten pages taking shape in her pointy head. "Mrs. Meyers." "Yes, Leslie." Lord, Mrs. Meyers was liable to crack her face if she kept up smiling like that. "What if you can't watch the program?" "you inform your parents that it is homework assignment. I am sure they will not object." "What if "- Leslie's voice faltered;-
  • Quote continued: then she shook her head and cleared her throat so the words came out stronger-"what if you don't have a television set?" Lord, Leslie. Don't say that. You can always watch on mine. But it was too late to save her. The hissing sounds of disbelief were already building into a rumbling of contempt. This quote represents how Leslie is honest because she didn't worry about the other kids making fun of her, she just worried about not being able to complete the homework assignment.
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