This book is one of my absolute favorites. It is about the budding friendship between Jess and Leslie. Though they are different and come from very different backgrounds, they take on the challenge of being friends. They create a magical world together in the woods where they reign as king and queen. In their kingdom the only limits are their imaginations. A dramatic twist forces Jess to finally realize Leslie has given him more than just friendship. This book would be best for 3rd grade and up. A good lesson would be to put a spin on a Venn Diagram by having the students create "Bridges". The students would begin by drawing two boxes with an empty space between. Then, the students would connect those boxes by drawing a bridge. The next step would be to have the students fill in each box with a different character and list all their traits for that one character. In the empty space under the bridge the students would then list the similarities between the two characters.
Reading Level: grades 3rd through 7th grade