A secret world of their own
Jess Aaron's 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 boy's 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 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.