Bridge to Terabithia Author:Katherine Paterson Two lives are bridged - and nothing will be the same. — Jess Aarons' 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 boys' side of the playground a... more »nd outruns everyone.
That's not a very promising beginning for the friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. It doesn't matterr to Jess that Leslie dresses funny or that her family has a lot of money-but no TV. Leslie has imgination. Together, she and Jess create Terebithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two reign as king and queen, and there 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.« less
I read this book in elementary school for the first time, and many times since. It is a fantastic book, and I highly recommend you read it, or give it to your children if they experience the death of a friend. The movie was good, but it didn't quite do justice to the book itself.