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Tuck Everlasting (1975)

by Natalie Babbitt

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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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Near perfect, as far as I'm concerned. Small in scope -- the bulk of the story occurs over a few days -- but intensely engaged with the themes of immortality, mortality, obsessions, and youth. I loved Tuck's the non-explanatory theory for the spring of immortality -- that it was a small piece of an alternate plan for the world that was abandoned and somehow overlooked. I loved how the child was the center of the story throughout but we still saw a bit inside the nature of every family member.

Highly recommended. ( )
  ChrisRiesbeck | Jun 1, 2023 |
Read in July 2004, Read in August 2013
  buriedinprint | Jan 18, 2023 |
3,6 stars ( )
  tuusannuuska | Dec 1, 2022 |
This story is about Winnie Foster and her meeting the Tuck family, which is a family who are unlike anyone our main character has ever met before. Their secret is that they can never die due to drinking from a magic fountain years ago. This novel talks about family, morality, and the opportunity of choice. It provides students the opportunity to wrestle with and understand some complex questions about life. ( )
  cmb064 | Nov 13, 2022 |
This is a short, sweet fantasy about a family that drinks from a mysterious spring, thereby attaining an immortal and ageless life. They encounter a ten-year-old runaway and tell her their secret. A mysterious stranger threatens to exploit the spring to make a fortune. This book was published in 1975 and, somehow, I missed reading it before now. It is set in New Hampshire in the 1880s. Themes include the circle of life and making good decisions. It would be a good joint reading experience for parents to discuss with their children. ( )
  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
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Babbitt, NatalieAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fradera, NarcisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hughes, MelissaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maguire, GregoryForewordsecondary 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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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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