Jess Aarons had to be the fastest runner at Lark Creek Elementary School. The best. But when he was challenged by Leslie Burke, a girl, it was just the beginning of a new season in Jess's life. Leslie and her parents were new comers to the rural community where Jess lived, and were thought to be a bit odd. They didn't even own a TV, although their house was filled with books. To Jess's surprise, he and Leslie became friends, and the worlds of imagination and learning that she opened to him changed him for ever. It was Leslie's idea to create Terabithia, their secret Kingdom in the woods where they reigned supreme. There no enemy there - not their teacher Monster Mouth Meyers, their schoolmates Gary Fulcher and Janice Avery, Jess's four sisters, or even Jess's own fears and Leslie's imaginary foes - could defeat them. The legacy that Leslie would bring to Jess enabled him to cope with the unexpected tragedy that touched them all.