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Tuck Everlasting (A Sunburst book) Paperback – November 1, 1985
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I recommend this book for older children who are ready to contemplate the issues of life and death, but who can still appreciate fantasy (It's not one of those depressing my-best-friend-died-and-it's-all-my-fault-Betsy-Byers-type books, thank goodness!). But I also highly recommend it to adults. It just might help you consider the magic of life that adults so often dismiss as childish impossibility.
Now that I've read it a second time, at the age of 16, I can't for the life of me understand why. In TUCK EVERLASTING Natalie Babbitt has crafted a wonderfully thought-provoking story about human mortality and what it would mean to live forever. I was floored after I finished it, floored to the point that I had to stay in bed for a while and just think.
TUCK EVERLASTING is the story of 10-year-old Winnie Foster who, while literally on the run from her stifiling and lonely family life, stumbles upon a young man sipping water from a spring at the base of a giant oak tree. The young man is Jesse Tuck, the youngest memeber of a family blessed -- or doomed -- to live forever. While Winnie stays with the Tucks for just a few days, she learns more about their secret and what it really means. Unfortunately, a mysterious man also knows of the Tucks and of their secret, and is bent using it to make a fortune.
Though I am tempted to say that this book would be good for all ages, I don't think that this is necessarily true. My own experience proves otherwise. TUCK EVERLASTING is probably best for boys and girls ages 13 and up.
Oh, and remember: Don't see the movie without reading the book!
Not too far off from the Fosters home the Tuck family is gathering for the first time in ten years. Mae and Angus Tuck are preparing to meet their sons, 17 year old Jesse and 22 year old Miles, at a selected spot. Winnie decides at the same time that she will run away from home and slips off in the morning to do just that. She doesn't make it too far when she encounters a young man sitting against a tree next to a well, and she instantly feels a connection with him. He discovers her presence and introduces himself as Jesse Tuck, before his parents and brother show up. The Tucks are bothered by Winnie and decide, rather inelegantly, to take them home with them once they tell her their story.
See, the spring is a magical spring that grants the power of eternal life, and once in their youths the Tucks had all drank from it. Now, 87 years later, the Tucks are suspended in a permanent state of undying, and this affects every one of them in different ways. Angus is bothered by the unending sameness of life, Mae just takes it in stride. Miles, who was married and had children at one time, is sorrowful over the loss of his loved ones, and Jesse...well, Jesse is the only one who seems to be having some fun with his life, and likes to use his immortality as an excuse to live.Read more ›
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It is a book for YA, so I read it in less than twelve hours. I saw the movie years ago and decided to read the book. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Amazon Customer
My son received an Amazon gift card for Christmas and I was so proud when he decided to purchase a book with it. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Stephenie G.
At first I thought Tuck everlasting was going to be a regular boring book. A few chapters later it turned into adventure and excitement. Read morePublished 11 days ago by HB
This is a classic book to read and parents will let their kids read. I gave it to my friend for her birthday and her mom said that she haddent read it yet that... Read more
A family, the Tucks, find a spring of eternal life and drink from it. A girl named Winnie discovers the spring and the Tucks. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Beth Enniss
Well written and an excellent proposition for people of any age. My students and I enjoy it every time.Published 18 days ago by Toni Eastham
I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying this book. Yes, it is quite short compared to some novels, but the story is just as enduring as some of the most enormous books ever written. Read morePublished 18 days ago by James Agee
Tuck Everlasting is a charming little story centered around the value of human life. It explores the childish ambition of living forever in this world and the consequences thereof. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Jorden
Bought this for my son for a school assignment and he read it in 3 days. MIRACLE.Published 29 days ago by B. DARE