Bridge To Terabithia By Katherine Paterson

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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 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 tradgedy occurs. Only when Jess is able to come to grips with this tradgedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him.(This

means that Leslie dies if you'll don't understand.)"A place just for us."Jess an Leslie turned and ran up over the empty fields behind the old Perkins place and down the dry creek bed that separated the farmlands from the woods. There was and old crab apple tree there,just at the bank of the creek bed, from which someone long forgotten had hung a rope.

They took turns swinging across the gully on the rope. It was a glorious day autumn day and if you looked up as you swung, it gave you the feeling of floating. Jess leaned back and drank in the rich, clear color of the sky. He was drifting like a fat white lazy cloud across the blue.

"Do you know what wee need?" Leslie called to him.