Jess Aaron's greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new kid, a new girl, boldly crosses over to the boy's side of the playground and outruns everyone.
That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. It doesn't matter to Jess that leslie dresses funny, or that her family has a lot of money -- but no TV. Leslie has imagination. Together, she and Jess create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits. Then one morning a terrible tragedy occurs. Only when Jess is able to come to grips with this tragedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him.
One of the saddest and most inspiring children's books of all time, 1978 Newbery Medal-winner THE BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA is a poignant, moving classic not to be missed. Ten-year-old Jess, an artistic loner in rural, working-class Virginia, finds himself beaten by a newcomer--a girl no less--in the boys' playground races on the first day of school. But soon, the two become inseparable friends, despite Leslie's strange family--who are wealthy and don't even own a TV set. The pair creates the elaborate fantasy world of Terabithia, where they rule as king and queen in their own secret hiding place. When an unimaginable tragedy sways Jess's world, he learns the real value of their exceptional friendship.
- Juvenile Fiction
- Social Issues / Death + Dying, Social Issues / Friendship
- HarperCollins Children's Books
- June 1, 1987
- June 1, 1987
- Katherine Patterson