Bridge to Terabithia is a story of two friends who create a magical world out of imagination. Jesse Aarons has been practicing all summer to become the fastest runner in the 5th grade. It looked as though he was going to achieve that coveted title until a new student, Leslie Burke, makes her way to the running track and beats all the boys.
Leslie is the new kid in town and has a hard time making friends, though that didn’t seem to bother her as her and Jesse became great friends. With Leslie’s imagination the two friends imagine their own secret world, Terabithia. They are the king and queen of Terabithia and they fight off countless [imaginary] foes to defend their territory.
Leslie becomes busy renovating their new house with her dad and Jesse just can’t seem to find the magic of Terabithia without Leslie.
The spring months come around and the entrance to Terabithia is completely flooded. The only way to get in is to swing across the creek on a rope. Leslie, an expert scuba diver, shows no fear in swinging over the current. Jesse on the other hand is very scared, but is afraid to admit it to Leslie. Just as Jesse was about to tell Leslie that he didn’t want to go to Terabithia anymore a freak accident occurs.
Jesse is left to try to revive the magic of Terabithia on his own. What will he do?
Katherine Paterson is a Newbery award winner for children’s literature for Bridge to Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins, and Jacob Have I loved. I reviewed Ther Great Gilly Hopkins about a year ago here: The Great Gilly Hopkins review . She also has many more novels and awards under her belt.