Bridge to Terabithia
By Katherine Paterson; illustrated by Donna Diamond
When Leslie Burke moves next door to Jess Aarons, he finds that she loves to run as much as he does, and the two become friends. Together, they create a secret kingdom in nearby woods and name it Terabithia. There they rule, fight giants, share stories and seek solace from the everyday world until tragedy strikes.
HarperCollins, 1977. ISBN: 9780690013597
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