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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting (original 1975; edition 2007)

by Natalie Babbitt

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Title:Tuck Everlasting
Authors:Natalie Babbitt
Info:Square Fish (2007), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 160 pages
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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (1975)

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Heartwarming and depressing all at once. ( )
  kemilyh1988 | Jan 16, 2017 |
loved the book and both movies! ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
Tuck Everlasting is a children's novel about first love and how magic/good things always come with a price. Tuck Everlasting is an excellent book and I enjoyed it. I liked how the book was centered around the families immortality and magic, yet the characters were still relatable. I could sympathize and understand what emotions the characters must have been feeling although I have never/could never go through the same circumstances. I loved the plot line of this book, I found it fresh and interesting. The fact that Tuckers breaks things off at the end so that his love can live a full life was something I genuinely did not see happening and was pleasantly surprised by it.
  jessclark | Dec 14, 2016 |
This is a great book that will help to grab student’s attention and increase their love for reading. As the students read this book, they can practicing the making inferences as they come up with the main points of the story so far, putting ideas together, and question themselves about what may happen next.
  ChloeFukuda | Nov 28, 2016 |
This is a very thought-provoking and interesting book that causes readers to wrestle with the challenging themes of immortality vs. mortality and aging. The book follows the story of the young Winnie Foster who gets pulled into the drama of the Tuck family who will never die after accidentally drinking from a spring with water that makes one immortal. After a long struggle to hide the secret of the spring and being found out by "the man in the yellow suit" who represents all those who would seek to take advantage of achieving immortality, Winnie is faced herself with the choice of drinking from the water and choosing to live forever.

This would be a very powerful book to bring into a classroom but only once students are mature enough to handle the more difficult and abstract themes of immortality. I would choose to bring this book into my classroom around 4th grade at the earliest so that students are prepared to wrestle with the concept of death vs. never being able to die. Many profound discussions are possible from this story, and, through the guidance and scaffolding of the teacher, students will greatly benefit from the learning this book provides.

Janusz Korczak Medal
1976 Christopher Award
ALA Notable Book
Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List

Award Descriptions:
Janusz Korczak Medal: given for outstanding contributions to the promotion of the rights of children in ways that encourage love for children, listening to children, fostering healthy children’s lives, and building capacities in children, in the spirit of Dr. Korczak.
1976 Christopher Award: established by Christopher founder Father James Keller to salute media that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” Award winners encourage audiences to see the better side of human nature and motivate artists and the general public to use their best instincts on behalf of others.
ALA Notable Book: Since 1944, the goal of the Notable Books Council has been to make available to the nation’s readers a list of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader.
Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List: Chosen annually by editors, Fanfare is The Horn Book Magazine’s selection of the best children’s and young adult books of the year.

APA Citation: Babbitt, N. (1975). Tuck everlasting. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux. ( )
  BrittaSchlect | Nov 24, 2016 |
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Natalie Babbittprimary authorall editionscalculated
Fradera, NarcisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hughes, MelissaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomas, PeterNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.
Winnie woke early the next morning. The sun was only just opening its own eye on the eastern horizon and the cottage was full of silence. But she realized that sometime during the night her had made up her mind: she would not runaway today. 'Where would I go anyway?'....But in another part of her head...she knew there was another sort of reason for staying at home: she was afraid of going away alone.
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Imagine coming upon a fountain of youth in a forest. To live forever--isn't that everyone's ideal? For the Tuck family, eternal life is a reality, but their reaction to their fate is surprising. Award winner Natalie Babbitt (Knee-Knock Rise, The Search for Delicious) outdoes herself in this sensitive, moving adventure in which 10-year-old Winnie Foster is kidnapped, finds herself helping a murderer out of jail, and is eventually offered the ultimate gift--but doesn't know whether to accept it. Babbitt asks profound questions about the meaning of life and death, and leaves the reader with a greater appreciation for the perfect cycle of nature. Intense and powerful, exciting and poignant, Tuck Everlasting will last forever--in the reader's imagination. An ALA Notable Book. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.

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