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Bridge to Terabithia | Characters

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Character Description
Jess Jesse Oliver Aarons Jr. is an artistic, hardworking boy in the fifth grade at Lark Creek Elementary. Read More
Leslie Free-spirited, nonconformist, self-confident Leslie Burke is a new student in the fifth grade at Lark Creek Elementary. Read More
May Belle May Belle Aarons is Jess's admiring six-year-old sister who frequently tags along after him. Read More
Miss Edmunds Miss Julia Edmunds, the young music teacher at Lark Creek Elementary, is a free-spirited "hippie" whom the students like and admire. Read More
Mr. Aarons Mr. Aarons is a farmer who works constantly to provide for his wife and five children. Read More
Momma Momma, or Mrs. Aarons, is the overstressed, overburdened mother of the five Aarons children. Read More
Janice Avery Janice Avery is a bully in the seventh grade at Lark Creek Elementary. Read More
Brenda Brenda Aarons, Jess's older sister, is selfish, inconsiderate, vain, and doesn't care if she hurts others' feelings. She puts Jess down at every opportunity.
Ellie Ellie Aarons is older and smarter than her sister Brenda and in Jess's eyes always seems to get her way, which usually means new clothes or avoiding chores. Her main interests, like her sister's, are shopping and boys.
Joyce Ann The youngest of five, Joyce Ann Aarons is only four years old and is considered a whiny brat by her siblings.
Miss Bessie Miss Bessie is a cow that belongs to the Aarons family. It is Jess's responsibility to milk her every morning and evening.
Bill A political writer who works from home, Bill Burke has left suburban Washington, D.C., and chosen a "back to basics" lifestyle; he has a close, friendly relationship with his 10-year-old daughter, treating her like an adult who calls her parents by their first names.
Grandma Burke Grandma Burke loves Leslie and sends her gifts but doesn't realize Leslie has outgrown them.
Judy A successful novelist, Judy Burke is Leslie's mother; worldly and intelligent, she is preoccupied with her writing and often seems oblivious when it comes to Leslie.
Clyde Deal A fifth-grade student at Lark Creek Elementary, Clyde Deal participates in the boys' footraces; he argues with Jimmy Mitchell about who won a race.
Wilma Dean Wilma Dean is in the seventh grade at Lark Creek Elementary. She a friend of Janice Avery and a bully.
Jimmy Dicks Jimmy Dicks is, presumably, a friend of Brenda's, someone whose imagined death would upset her enough not to eat.
Billy Jean Edwards Billy Jean Edwards is May Belle's friend at Lark Creek Elementary.
Gary Fulcher Bossy and competitive, Gary Fulcher is the fifth grader at Lark Creek Elementary who takes charge of the boys' footraces and whom Jess wants to beat in them.
Bobby Greggs Bobby Greggs is a student in the fifth grade at Lark Creek Elementary.
Myrna Hauser Myrna Hauser is a student at Lark Creek Elementary. Jess believes she was favored last spring by Billy Rudd, whose initials are carved in Jess's desk at school.
Bobby Sue Henshaw Bobby Sue Henshaw is in the seventh grade at Lark Creek Elementary. She is a friend of Janice Avery and also a bully.
Willard Hughes Willard Hughes is in the seventh or eighth grade at Lark Creek Elementary. Many seventh-grade girls, including Janice Avery, have crushes on him, and Jess and Leslie use his name to get revenge on Janice.
Sally Koch Sally Koch, whose initials are carved on Jess's desk at school, probably sat at that desk the previous year.
Bobby Miller One of the fastest runners, Bobby Miller is a fourth-grade student who participates in the boys' footraces at Lark Creek Elementary.
Jimmy Mitchell A student at Lark Creek Elementary, Jimmy Mitchell participates in the boys' footraces and argues with Clyde Deal about who won a race.
Wanda Kay Moore The "snottiest" girl in the fifth grade at Lark Creek Elementary, Wanda Kay Moore likes to do extra-credit schoolwork.
Billy Morris Billy Morris is a student at Lark Creek Elementary. He argues with Wilma Dean about Willard Hughes and Janice Avery.
Mrs. Myers Known to smile only on the first and last days of school, Mrs. Myers is the fifth-grade teacher at Lark Creek Elementary, unpopular with the students who see her as sour and unpleasant. Yet she shows compassion for Jess's sorrow, and the contrast with Miss Edmunds is important in the novel since the students all dislike her.
Mary Lou Peoples Mary Lou Peoples is "the second snottiest" girl in the fifth grade at Lark Creek Elementary.
Wayne Pettis Now in the sixth grade at Lark Creek Elementary, Wayne Pettis was the fastest runner in fifth grade the previous year.
Mrs. Pierce Mrs. Pierce is the seventh-grade teacher at Lark Creek Elementary; Leslie diverts her attention while Jess places the note in Janice Avery's desk.
Preacher Red-faced and sweaty, the preacher sometimes shouts during sermons. Because Momma doesn't like him, the Aaronses attend church only on Easter.
Mrs. Prentice Mrs. Prentice is the bus driver on Jess and Leslie's route home from school.
Prince Terrien Prince Terrien, or P.T., is the puppy Jess gives Leslie for Christmas. He is a loyal, delightful friend to both children.
Billy Rudd Billy Rudd is a student at Lark Creek Elementary; his initials are carved inside a heart along with Sally Koch's on Jess's desk in Mrs. Myers's classroom.
Lollie Timmons Lollie is the friend with whom Ellie and Brenda go shopping shortly before the first day of school.
Mrs. Timmons Mrs. Timmons is Lollie's mother. She picks up Ellie and Brenda to take them shopping.
Mr. Turner The principal of Lark Creek Elementary, Mr. Turner is patriotic and enforces rules at the school, especially those regarding interactions between boys and girls.
Earle Watson Not a good runner, Earle Watson is a student at Lark Creek Elementary who starts the boys' races by yelling "Bang!"
Billy Joe Weems Billy Joe Weems is a student at Lark Creek Elementary; his father died the previous year in a car crash.
Greg Williams Greg Williams is in the fifth grade at Lark Creek Elementary; good friends with Gary Fulcher, Greg participates in the boys' footraces.
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