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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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Rating:*****
Tags:Fantasy

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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (1975)

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Tuck Everlasting By Natalie Babbitt Dominic Polidor

Tuck Everlasting is about a family that can never die. Their name is the Tuck family and the reason why they can live forever is because they drank the spring water in the Foster Woods. Now there is a 10 year old girl named Winnie Foster.Her parents are very strict on her and Winnie is tired of this treatment so Winne runs of into the Foster Woods. At first sight, Winnie spotted a young man by the name of Jesse Tuck. Jesse Tuck was drinking the everlasting spring water. Winnie and Jesse came to a stop. Winne was asking questions to Jesse. Winnie wanted to drink the water, but Jesse was insisting for Winnie to not drink this spring water. Then Jesse’s brother Miles came and then Miles took Winnie onto his horse. Also, with Miles and Jesse, was Mae Tuck, who is their mother. Mae Tuck is a generous lady, so she was not happy of them kidnapping Winnie. When Winne’s parents found out that she had been kidnapped they sent people to track her. There was a mysterious man in a yellow suit who is determined to live forever. Winnie grew to like the Tuck’s and Jesse’s father, Angus Tuck. Then the Foster’s found Winne. Mae was defending the family when she hit the man in the yellow suit with a shotgun in the back of his head. After all of these problems are solved, Jesse told Winnie that when she turned 17years old that she would drink the spring water so they can be together forever. Winnie remembered the circle of life taught by Angus Tuck. So then Winnie died on the spring so that no one would be able to drink it again.

Tuck Everlasting is an amazing book. It is full of suspense and action. I love books where people have power and a good bad guy such as the man in the Yellow Suit. I would recommend this book to 5th graders to seniors in high school, l but no higher or lower than that.I would also recommend this book to people who enjoy mystery and the genre of romance.This book had the right amount of action and suspense.This is one of my favorite books in my life so far. Natalie Babbitt did a great job with this book. You can tell that she put effort in this book by the amount of detail.
  dominicp.bg3 | Mar 29, 2017 |
In this book, Winnie decides to run away from home and in doing so meets the Tucks, a family that will live forever because of a spring of water they drank from. They take Winnie back to their house to tell her why she must not tell anyone, but a man see them taking her. He goes to Winnie's parents to trade their woods for bringing their daughter back. When the man comes to take Winnie back, he tells that he knows of the spring and plans to sell that water. Mae shoots the man right as the constable comes up because she knows the damage that will happen if he proceeds with his plan. Mae goes to jail, but Winnie helps her sneak out by taking her place in the middle of the night. In the end, Winnie decides to not wait for Jesse by drinking the water from the spring.
This book is a good example of fantasy because there are unrealistic situations. The biggest unrealistic situation is that the Tucks can live forever. There is not a spring of water that allows people to do this. This is an imagined element. This book is also set in a historical time period, but because it is not realistic, leans more toward being a fantasy.
Age Appropriateness: Intermediate
  khofer15 | Mar 27, 2017 |
OPINION: This book is plain genius. I love the concept of a girl being "kidnapped" by people who live forever. This book deserves tohave every single award and is by far one of my now favorite books since I just read it in class. Tuck everlasting is so creative but ordinary I cant believe it. My favorite parts were when Winnie touched the toad. I honestly love this book and will soon be buying it.

SUMMARY: The book Tuck Everlasting was written Natalie Babbit. Winnie is a 11 year old irl who has never really left her house. She decides to rebel and goes out. She sees a boy that she immediately falls in love with. Suddenly sheis kidnapped and is at a house when she is conscious. The people tell her stories that they live forever from a magical spring and never get any older. A man followed them to the house and arrives to take Winnie when she finally thinks of them as family. Mae tuck hits him in the head nd he dies. Mae is put in jail but Winnie is able to sneak in her spot with the families help and let them get away. Winnie ends up getting a pet toad and giving it the magical water. Winnie dies but the tucks survive in the end.
  JacobS.BG3 | Mar 18, 2017 |
I would recommend this book because it has a lot of action and also a bit of sorrow. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to read it. ( )
  JasmineR.BG3 | Mar 17, 2017 |
The family of Tucks, Mae, Jesse, Miles, and Tuck, live forever. They live forever because they had a drink of water from a special spring that is, well, magical. While picking up Miles and Jesse from a work trip, Mae Tuck finds a girl, Winnie, that ran away. They tell her their secret about the water, and then they take her home. Soon, a man comes to the tucks' house for Winnie. Winnie doesn't want to leave, but the man insists on taking her. Mae goes and kills him. Mae gets put in jail, and the rest of the family escapes. Winnie, a while later, dies, ending the book. The wood and the spring are destroyed.
This book was an okay book. It wasn't really my favorite genre, and it was sad. It also had love involved in it.... Not my favorite. The author, however, was really creative with the general story line and put in some cliff hangers. She was also very detailed and descriptive in describing the characters and places. I also liked how she ended the book, though it was a little sad. This book wasn't my favorite, but it was pretty decent. ( )
  ShailenS.BG3 | Mar 17, 2017 |
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Fradera, NarcisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hughes, MelissaNarratorsecondary 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.
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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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