Jess and Leslie go on a very interesting adventure in this book. Jess practiced all summer to be the fastest kid in his class at school, that is until he meets Leslie. There did not start off with a very likely friendship. There friendship grows when they create the imaginary land of Terabithia. When tragedy strikes at the end of the story Jess has to come up with a way to cope.
Before I use this book in my classroom I would request parent permission. While this book is a great way to engage a students imagination, some parents will have concerns for their children due to the death in the book. I would use this as a Literature Circle in my classroom. Students will be broken up into groups of 4 and asked to record their reactions, observations, questions, and connections based on what occurs during each center.