Virginia: Jesse Aarons wants to be the fastest runner in his rural Virginia elementary school, and almost realizes his dream until a new girl shows up and outruns everyone. This leads to an unlikely friendship between Jesse and the girl, Leslie, who together invent a magic wooded kingdom they call Terabithia, which quickly become their favorite place to be, and also serves as a safe haven and retreat when a tragic event occurs.
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort." - J.R.R. Tolkien - The Hobbit
This was the cover art of A Wrinkle in Time when I first read it way back when it first came out. Since then, I have probably read it ten times, and I need to get the 50th anniversary edition and READ IT AGAIN. If you've NEVER read it, GO GET IT NOW!! :)