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Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his 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 girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.

That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together, they 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.

Performed by Robert Sean Leonard

Paperback, 144 pages
Published on May 2, 2017 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0064401847
ISBN-13: 9780064401845
91 Book Reviews
  • eagle_fan11
    eagle_fan112 months55 stars
    Jess Aarons has wanted to be the fastest runner in school for a long time. He has practiced all summer long running up and down his family's farm. So when the races at school begin, Jess knows he is going to win. That is, until Leslie Burke, the new girl in school, beats Jess and all the other boys in the races! Jess and Leslie become friends, despite the way she beat him in the races. Leslie and Jess spend all their free time together, and they create the magical kingdom of Terabithia, where they rule as king and queen. But one day something terrible happens, and Jess feels like it's all his fault. Now he needs Leslie more than ever.
    • eagle_fan11
      eagle_fan112 months55 stars
      I gave this book a 5-star rating because it was inspirational yet heartbreaking. I connect to this book because Jesse and I both have a younger sibling, and they are very mischievous. Jesse wants to be the fastest runner in his grade. When he gets to school, a young girl (Leslie) outruns everyone. (Now this book takes place in the 70s-90s, and a girl being the best at something AND hanging out with a group of boys is very surprising.) Jesse and Leslie soon become friends and build a hangout place just for them, called Terabithia. They go there every day after school. Then one day, Leslie doesn't come back from Terabithia. Jesse has to learn from this and use what he has learned very wisely. What happened to Leslie? Will the friends be reunited? Read Bridge to Terabithia to find out!
      • awesomekitten
        awesomekitten3 months55 stars
        Wow! I admit this book made me cry the first time I listen to it. But now I love it it’s packed full of feeling, friendship, and love. I love how the characters created their own world and I loved the main character Jesse. I like how he secretly was great at art and how he stood up for his best friend even if she was a girl.
        • kittylover111
          kittylover1114 months55 starsFeatured
          "A amazing book, heartwarming, sad and wonderful in so many ways." Is my words to discribe this beautifully written book. Tradgedy. That is the main theme here, however it's mostly in the end. Jesse Aarons made a new friend, Leslie Burke. They raced together, talked, fought against a common bully, and built the secret, and magical world, Terabithia together. But now, after disturbing news, it's all for nothing. When Ms. Edmunds took Jesse out, he found out that Leslie died. He couldn't believe it at first, but she had hit her head on a rope, and then drowned. Leslie. Gone. Forever. Jesse is so upset, he still can't believe it. But near the end, with help from everyone, he overcomes his grief and sadness. And even though she's gone, she will still be in his heart, giving him advice. She might not be there physicly, but she's there mentally. A wonderful book, and it is very sad, however very well written, Katherine Patterson. I loved this book, 5/5.
          • gimmemy_pie
            gimmemy_pie11 months55 stars
            The ending really hurted me but still think its the best
            • GrandmaPlumPlumover 1 year
              OMG! This was an AMAZING BOOK! A very tragic ending but it was still pretty good. There was tons of suspense and detail. I would totally recomend this book to readers who enjoy reading adventure, humor and suspense! :D
              • blossomreader
                blossomreaderover 1 year55 stars
                This was one of those books that were sad but also good. I loved this book, and some of it was even based on a true story! Jesse Aarons wants to be the fastest runner in his school, so he worked hard to be fast. However, when a much faster girl beats him at the race, he gets upset. Turns out that the girl, Leslie, becomes his new best friend. They share a wonderful imagination and even created Terabithia, their wonderland. They spend hours in there playing, reading, and just hanging out. However, one day an unfortunate incident happen that makes Jesse greive tremendously. What will happen next? Read this book to find out!
                • tigersword
                  tigerswordover 1 year44 stars
                  The story combines hope and fear to teach how to overcome it. It seems a bit fake, like it won't happen.
                  • nac
                    nacover 1 year55 stars
                    Jess Aarons has wanted to be the fastest runner in school for a long time. He has practiced all summer long running up and down his family's farm. So when the races at school begin, Jess knows he is going to win. That is, until Leslie Burke, the new girl in school, beats Jess and all the other boys in the races! Jess and Leslie become friends, despite the way she beat him in the races. Leslie and Jess spend all their free time together, and they create the magical kingdom of Terabithia, where they rule as king and queen. But one day something terrible happens, and Jess feels like it's all his fault. Now he needs Leslie more than ever.
                    • riley_108
                      riley_108almost 2 years33 stars
                      I gave this book a 3 star rating,because it was very interesting because Jesse and i have younger siblings and their behavior is the same they are bad and he wanted to accomplish something that the other kids couldn't beat him at. He wanted to be a fast kid in his class and then something happened.... read this book to find out more information.