Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

The story of Jesse Oliver Aarons Jr and Leslie Burke. Jesse doesn't have many friends in school. He loves to draw and dreams of being the fastest kid in the fifth grade. The only boy in a poor family with four sisters, his life is forever changed when Leslie and her family move in next door.

She is very different from him. She is educated, comes from a family with no money troubles, is an only child and doesn't have a television. She teaches him to open his imagination and invites him to join her in their own private place, Terabithia. There they reign as king and queen and can leave their lonely lives behind them.

It's a beautiful story about the nature of friendship and overcoming your fears. The recent film was a great adaptaion of the book and fleshed out some of the central ideas, but it wasn't quite able to convey the internal struggles that the book does. I really liked his young sister May Bell as well as the puppy Leslie gets called Prince Terrien (P.T for short). I cried a little at the end, even though I knew what was coming. It definately deserved to win the Newberry Medal.