“Bridge to Terabithia” by Thomas Crowell
When people speak of fantasy books, the “Harry Potter” and “The Lord of the Rings” series commonly come to mind. I enjoy them both, though I love LOTR more than Harry Potter. However, my fondest fantasy choice has always been “Bridge to Terabithia” since sixth grade.
One obvious reason (once you get to know me) I enjoyed this most is because it was one really good book. Please don’t get me wrong; I enjoy reading book series. I just have to be super into the franchise in order to follow along and want to keep reading. (Hence why I never got past “The Prisoner of Azkaban” when trying to read Harry Potter.)
“Bridge to Terabithia” was a fairly brief read, but Paterson wrote such vivid settings and characters (both realistic and fantastical) that I kept planted in my chair even at home for homework reading. My brain escaped from everyday life, which is a sign any book is a wonderful read. I experienced strong reactions to the point that this work made me determine, at that young age, that becoming a published writer was my goal; it still is, too.