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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; 1 edition (Aug. 21 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312369816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312369811
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (853 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“Rarely does one find a book with such prose. Flawless in both style and structure, it is rich in imagery and punctuated with light fillips of humor.”—The Horn Book Magazine

“Beautiful and descriptive language is the strength of Babbitt’s fantasy about Winnie and her encounter with the Tuck family, who cause her—and readers—to ponder an important question: What would it be like to live forever?”—Booklist

“Probably the best work of our best children’s novelist.”—Harper’s

“A fearsome and beautifully written book that can’t be put down or forgotten.”—The New Yorker

“Exciting and excellently written.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Natalie Babbitt’s great skill is spinning fantasy with the lilt and sense of timeless wisdom of the old fairy tales. . . . It lingers on, haunting your waking hours, making you ponder.”—The Boston Globe

“With its serious intentions and light touch the story is, like the Tucks, timeless.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“This book is as shapely, crisp, sweet, and tangy as a summer-ripe pear.”—Entertainment Weekly

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 2 2006
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing book, even if the film a few years back failed to capture the magic of the story. This book is often used in Children's Literature courses, and is also used in grief counseling for children. It has much to offer on many different levels.

The Tucks have a secret, and their secret can either be seen as a blessing or a curse. The Tucks drank from a magic spring and now they cannot die. Young Winnie Foster finds out their secret and so the Tucks take her home to try and explain the secret and the importance of keeping it. Yet now the town is in an uproar looking for the Tucks, and the family needs Winnie's help.

The writing is excellent, and the story will keep you turning the pages. If you are looking for a book for yourself or to read to children in your life, this is an excellent pick. Well written, with impeccable prose, you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erika Yazzie on June 2 2004
Format: Paperback
The book is about a family of Tucks. They drank water from a tree that makes them live forever. They can't die. Then theres like this guy in a yellow suit who is trying to expose them and the water so he van make money for it. Then their is Winifred Foster. Fosters were rich.She didn't like her rich life because she was limited to many things. Then like one day in the woods when she got lost, she sees Jesse and he is drinking from the water and she wanted a drink. But Jesse didn't want her to drink the water. So him and his brother Miles takes her and she meets the Tucks and they tell her why she couldn't drink from it. So she becomes friends with the Tucks and stays with them for a while. Then Winifred(Winnie) falls in love with Jesse. Then they wind up running from the police for they are accused of kidnapping Winnie, and Jesses mom Mae killed the Man in the Yellow Suit. Jesse wants to marry later when like the things around them have cooled down. So she has to drink the water. But she never did marry him. She choose to have a better life. She married and had children then died of old age. I liked the whole book. It was very interesting and I didn't want to quit reading it. I would like to recommend the book to people. I didn't like the guy in the yellow suit because he kept on going in their business and got himself killed. I liked Winnie because she got to go on that adventure and had fun. All the characters are Winifred (Winnie) Foster~shes a rich girl who wants adventure. Robert Foster(dad)~is winnies rich father. Mother Foster~Winnies mom who wants everything perfect.Angus and Mae Tuck~ is Jesse and Miles mom and dad who wants what is best. Jesse~is adventurous and falls in love with Winnie. Miles is still depressed by what happened in the past.Read more ›
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By A Customer on April 26 2004
Format: Paperback
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt is a sad, suspenseful, mystery about a rich girl Winnie. She finds herself being pressured into being proper by her parents and ends up running away into Treegap (a forest her parents own). The main characters are Winnie, Tuck, Mae, Jesse, Miles, and the man in the yellow suit.
The first thing that happens is that Winnie is being brought up too fancy and she doesn't like it. Then she ends up running away from home into the woods and gets lost. She is walking around and she meets this boy drinking from a spring and wants some too. The boy does not want her to drink from it for some reason so he kidnaps her and they meet up with the boys' family. Will Winnie ever find her way home? Will she want to?
I like this book because it suspenseful like when it made you wait for a long time so the suspense builds up. It is also a sort of sad book later on in the book. It is a mysterious book. I think that the theme of Tuck Everlasting is Be Yourself. I think that because Winnie's mother tries to make Winnie fancy when she doesn't want to be so she runs away. If you read this book then don't watch the movie first , because then the book gets confusing, because there is a lot of changes in the movie. Tuck Everlasting is a very good book. I recommend it to anyone who likes suspense.
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By Elena Thompson on March 17 2004
Format: Paperback
Tuck Everlasting is opne of those books that stays with you always. I know it did for me. I read it three years ago, and yet it still haunts me with its theme: what is immortality really worth? Why are we here?
The story is deceptively simple: Winnie Foster is a ten-year-old girl who one day discovers that people who can live forever are living on her land. They are the Tucks, and they gained their immortality by drinking from a spring that is also on Winnie's family's land. They welcome Winnie, who soon becomes comfortable in their presence.
All is not well, however. The Man in the Yellow Suit, as he is known, is a sinister character who knows the Tuck's secret and wants to exploit it for money. When he comes to confront the Tucks, something dreadful happens, and Winnie is thrown into a chain of events that will ultimately force her to decide between immortality and death.
This is a beutifully written book. Ms. Babbit's prose is gorgeous, often flowling like poetry. She elgantly and ably handles a subject (namely, death and immortality) that has stumped many authors before her. The book is haunting and poigant, and will stay with you forever.
If you are looking for a new classic, look no further. Tuck Everlasting is a book that trancends generations and unites us with its timeless themes and classic writing.
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