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Tuck Everlasting Paperback – Aug 21 2007
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“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 WeeklySee all Product Description
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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.
I am past the age that this story was meant for, but it is still one of my favorite quick reads.
On the back cover of the book there is a review by Harper's and a line in it sums up this book quite nicely, it says:
"If this were Winnie Foster's story only, it would be like any other great adventure: you would come to the end, with all resolved and that would be that. But this is also the story of the Tuck family and therefore, though it has a beginning and a middle, it can never end."
This book, though as I have said is a quiet little book, with a quiet little backstory, in a quiet little town, a quiet little wood, with quiet people, still holds so much mystery and adventure.
A kidnapping, a murder, a jail break, immortal never ending life, great formed friendships, and spring of water that makes you live forever, and lets not forget the toad.
I will probably always continue to read this book every few years, just because it was a favorite when I was a child and I still enjoy it to this day.
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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Tuck Everlasting has been my favourite novel since grade 4 or 5. This novel does an excellent job of focusing on the theme of mortality without being depressing. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alissa Haley
One of my favourite books since childhood && Im so happy with the condition.Published 22 months ago by Samantha
Fairy tale meets adventure, a lovely rumination on mortality, loyalty and the responsibilities to humankind. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2014 by onlygoodbooksplease
Needed several books to top up a class set of novels. Thought I'd take a chance and get a few through Amazon. Couldn't believe how quickly they got there. Thank you. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2013 by Anonymous
My daughter who is 11 loved listening to this fantastic book... it is amazing and life altering to consider the downsides of "living forever". A mustPublished on Aug. 27 2011 by Al
This is a must-read book for people of all ages. It's about a family that will live forever, and the consequences and benefits of that.Published on Oct. 3 2007 by D9230
I liked this book so much.My favorite part was when Mae hit
the man in the yellow suit with the shot gun.It was my favorite
part because he is so evil.
Read it as a child and loved it, so I had to read it again as an adult and still fully injoyed itPublished on July 14 2004
Winnie is a girl who finds a family who lives in the woods, and they drank from a well that makes you immortal and they can't get older or die and they are bored! Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by Hailey C. Shannon
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