By: Katherine Patterson

Two lives are bridged- and nothing will be the same.

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 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 boys' 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 mater 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 tragedy occurs. Only when Jess is able to come to grips with tragedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him.

A Poem of Freedom

There was this little boy

who ran like the wind

He was the fastest in his grade

but to his amaze this was only a trend.

There was this girl named Leslie

who ran as fast as light traveled

When she ran it was so soft, delicate, & elegant

unlike the heavy feet of the boys who smashed gravel.

The boy's name was Jess

who was as structured as chess.

he worked at all times so he didn't get any rest

causing him to be an emotional mess.

Leslie came along and showed him independence

& with independence came beauty

Beauty as alacritic as the moon,

beauty as strong as a monsoon.

She showed him so much &

filled his life with purpose.

She made him believe in himself

& now he wasn't nervous.

Together they became the founders of Terabithia.

the kings and queens

of the perfect place

only found in your wildest dreams.

With all partnerships there comes tragedy.

Leslie lost her life

& her freedom was passed on abundantly

to Jess who at that time didn't appreciate it because of such strife.

He was blessed with the beauty of confidence now.

He became stronger somehow

& his imagination blossomed like a flower

due to the vast determination that was carried by Leslie in her last hour.

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Bridge to Terabithia Music Video 03 - Keep Your Mind Wide Open

By: Quinton Gaines

This would be a great book for teens, including high & middle school & for just about anyone who enjoys creativity.