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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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Wow just wow!!! I love this book so much!!I recommend this book to everyone who loves adventure and action!!!#Must read!! 😃👍🏻Published 18 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Made you think about how many different ways things could go. It made me keep reading to see how things actually went. Cute clean story.Published 1 day ago by Sandy V.
This is a book that a grandmother and granddaughter can both read and find much to discuss. It's beautifully written with symbolism, well-developed characters and, of course, a... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Phyllis L. Klein
This is an endearing book although I felt it moved quickly through the plot. I enjoyed the descriptions. It is a good story for 4th - 5th grade readers. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book. Very interesting, the story takes you to the places and also you imagine that you are part of the story.Published 11 days ago
Pleasant read even for a 30 something. Wished I'd read it in elementary school. Recommended reading for children between 10 - 12 year old.Published 15 days ago by Eric Mcanly