All summer, Jess pushed himself to be the fastest boy in the fifth
grade, and when the year's first school-yard race was run, he was going
to win.But his victory was stolen by a newcomer, by a girl, one who
didn't even know enough to stay on the girls' side of the playground.
Then, unexpectedly, Jess finds himself sticking up for Leslie, for the
girl who breaks rules and wins races. The friendship between the two
grows as Jess guides the city girl through the pitfalls of life in
their small, rural town, and Leslie draws him into the world of
imaginations world of magic and ceremony called Terabithia. Here,
Leslie and Jess rule supreme among the oaks and evergreens, safe from
the bullies and ridicule of the mundane world. Safe until an unforeseen
tragedy forces Jess to reign in Terabithia alone, and both worlds are
In this poignant, beautifully rendered novel, Katherine Paterson
weaves a powerful story of friendship and courage.
About The Author
Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her
childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she
spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. Ms.
Paterson has received numerous awards for her writing, including
National Book Awards for The Master Puppeteer and The Great
Gilly Hopkins, as well as Newbery Medals for Jacob Have I Loved
and Bridge to Terabithia. Ms. Paterson lives with her husband
in Vermont. They have four grown children.
"Set in contemporary rural America, the story is one of remarkable richness and depth, beautifully written."--The Horn Book "Eloquent and assured."--Kirkus Reviews 15 Banned Books Every Tween and Teen Should Read--Brightly