Every morning Jess Aarons wakes up to run because he wants tho be the fastest runner in fifth grade. One day he goes running and there is a girl named Leslie Burke. Leslie says she moved in next door into the Old Perkins Place.
A couple weeks later when school starts ,at recess Gary Fulcher says Leslie can’t race because Leslie is a girl Jess stands up for Leslie so Leslie invites Jess over to her house.
At Leslies house Jess and Leslie explore the back they find a tree and a creek and hanging on the tree is a rope in front of them is a creek. Leslie suggests that they make a magical kingdom called Terebithia. They do, to get to Terebithia you have to swing over the rope and into the creek.
Jess and Leslie make a fort. When Christmas arrives Jess gets Leslie a dog. Leslie names the dog Prince Terrian P.T for short and Leslie gets Jess an art kit.
When Easter arrives Leslie asks Jess if she can come to church with him and Jess says its fine.
Later that month Leslies dad invites Jess over to paint a room gold when the room is finished they call it the golden room.