Synopses & Reviews
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. Then one morning a terrible tragedy occurs. Only when Jess is able to come to grips with this tragedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him.
Performed by Robert Sean Leonard
About the Author
Katherine Paterson has twice won the Newbery Medal, for her young adult novels Jacob Have I Loved
and Bridge to Terabithia
, as well as the National Book Award, for both The Master Puppeteer
and The Great Gilly Hopkins
. She received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for the body of her work, and was National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Mrs. Paterson lives in Vermont.
Robert Sean Leonard has starred on the New York and London stages and in such films as Dead Poets Society, Much Ado About Nothing, Swing Kids, and The Age of Innocence. He can currently be seen in the hit medical drama, House, M.D.