I admit to having a few tears as I came to the conclusion of this book.
A young boy, Jess, finds a friend in Leslie (yes a girl), and together they invent a secret place in the woods to call their own (Terabithia). But this story is really about Jess, growing up and believing in himself. He loves to draw and being the ony boy in his family, appears to be left out of everything and feels totally alien to the everyone.
His friendship with Leslie changes this, and it isn't until Leslie drowns trying to get to their secret place, that he realises what life is about.