Bridge to Terabithia - BookHarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Newbery Medal Winner 1978, ALA Notable Children’s Books, Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, Janusz Korczak Medal, Silver Pencil Award, School Library Journal Best Book, Le Grand Prix des Jeunes Lecturs (France), Colorado Blue Spruce Award.
Jess Aarons wanted to become the fastest runner in the fifth grade, and to achieve this goal, Jess practices all summer. But when Leslie Burke shows up in school, Jess discovers he is only the second fastest runner. In spite of this, Leslie and Jess become close friends. Together they create an imaginary kingdom called Terabithia where Leslie is queen and Jess learns to be king. Together Leslie and Jess explore the limits of their imaginary kingdom. Then one day, while Jess is away, Leslie dies in a tragic accident.
Now, without Leslie, he must go out into the world for both of them, realizing what he has learned from her about facing his fears.