Jess Aarons wants to be the fastest boy in the class, but when
Leslie Burke moves into the neighbouring farm his life changes
forever. Even though she runs faster than him, Jess thinks Leslie
is all right - she's clever, funny and has good ideas.
Katherine Paterson was born in China in 1932 - she was the middle of five children. Her parents were missionaries and during her childhood the family travelled extensively. After graduating she was a teacher in Virginia and later she travelled to Japan where she lived for four years. Katherine Paterson is twice winner of the Newbery Medal- in 1978 for BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA and in 1981 for JACOB HAVE I LOVED. Katherine now lives in Vermont, USA and loves to teach, read and cook.