Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Patterson
Published Oct. 21, 1977
Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his 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 girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.
That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they 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.
This is one of my all-time favorite books. I have no idea how many times I've read it. My copy is starting to fall apart--I'm waiting for them to publish a hardback that has the right cover.
I did see the movie when they made it (I don't always like to see movies of my favorite books) but only because the author's son, the person the book was written for, was involved.
I ball my eyes out ever time I pick this book up. If you need a good cry, this is a fantastic way to get it. It's a quick read, but in some ways that makes it even better. At least your eyes are only red for one day!