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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

ISBN-10: 0078203643
ISBN-13: 9780078203640
87 Book Reviews
  • gimmemy_pie
    gimmemy_pieMonday, January 4, 2021 at 5:33 am55 stars
    The ending really hurted me but still think its the best
    • GrandmaPlumPlumWednesday, June 10, 2020 at 8:33 am
      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
        blossomreaderTuesday, May 19, 2020 at 11:04 am55 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
          tigerswordFriday, May 15, 2020 at 3:04 pm44 stars
          The story combines hope and fear to teach how to overcome it. It seems a bit fake, like it won't happen.
          • nac
            nacMonday, May 11, 2020 at 10:43 am55 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_108Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 6:27 pm33 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.
              • gianna632
                gianna632Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 6:02 pm44 stars
                I gave this book a 4-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!
                • pinkfluff
                  pinkfluffThursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm55 stars
                  Ultra sad alert 😢 😓
                  • ilikebunnies
                    ilikebunniesThursday, June 6, 2019 at 7:56 am
                    this is about two friends that build a secret land called Terabithia. To get there you have to cross a rope and go over a river. One time when one of the friends was gone the other jumped and the rope snaped so she fell in the river and died.
                    • Anika EmmertTuesday, April 9, 2019 at 3:30 pm
                      the bridge to terabithia is a sad book and amazing.