When his goal to become the fastest runner in middle school is unexpectedly thwarted by newly arrived classmate Leslie Burke (Anna Sophia Robb), who enters in an "all boys" race and leaves her competitors in the dust, Jess soon strikes up a friendship with the imaginative outsider.
Their bond is soon cemented thanks to Leslie's love for storytelling and Jess' skill as an artist, and the two lonely kids create a secret kingdom called Terabithia that is only accessible by swinging over a stream on a nearby rope.
Later she decided to but quit and began prioritizing on her acting career. Anna Sophia went on to be seen as character Violet Beauregarde in 2005’s movie, Charlie and the Chocolate factory. However, in 2013 she found love again with boyfriend Chris Wood.
became a phenomenon in conservative Christian circles.
It inspired both praise—from the likes of purity matriarch Elisabeth Elliot and Focus on the Family—and book-length rebuttals.
Aimed at teens and twentysomethings, the book discouraged teen relationships and proposed that courtship, in which a couple moves purposefully toward marriage with their parents’ blessing and involvement, was a superior model to dating.
And it argued that any kind of physical intimacy before marriage was a violation of the sacredness of married sexuality, and could lead to lifelong regret.
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