Jess Aarons is eager to start fifth grade. He's been practicing his sprints all summer, determined to become the fastest runner at school. All seems to be on track, until the new girl in class (who also happens to be Jess's new next-door neighbor), Leslie Burke, leaves all the boys in the dust, including Jess. After this rather frustrating introduction, Jess and Leslie soon become inseparable. Together, they create an imaginary, secret kingdom in the woods called Terabithia that can be reached only by swinging across a creek bed on a rope. But one morning a tragic accident befalls Leslie as she ventures alone to Terabithia, and Jess's life is changed forever.
My Rating: 4/5
I saw the movie based on this book back when it was out in cinemas in 2007. That probably ruined the book for me somewhat.
When I was reading the book I was surprised by how much I remembered from the movie and so I always knew what was happening.
The book on its own is brilliant. It is so much better than the movie, and I remember really liking the movie.
The characters especially Jesse are the very heart of this book. He is very innocent at the beginning of the book and then is forced to grow up towards the end.