Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting

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This work is a fantasy children's novel that explores the concept of immortality and the reasons why it might not be as desirable as it appears to be. Doomed to -- or blessed with -- eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
Edition: First Square Fish edition
ISBN: 9780374706449
0374706441
9780374302030
0374302030
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (148 pages)

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lindemuldercr
Sep 02, 2020

Modern Mrs Darcy

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RebelBelle13
Oct 15, 2019

Tuck Everlasting is an absolutely wonderful read- it has memorable characters, a thought provoking plot, and an immersive setting; except, it's way too short. Babbitt weaves a world in which a magic, immortality- granting spring exists, and a family of four very normal people accidentally drank from it in the 1700's. The Tucks protect the spring from being discovered, until Winnie Foster accidentally stumbles upon it on her property in August of 1880. Babbitt raises some hard questions to answer, about immortality, and the meaning of life, and whether or not people are meant to live longer than they are supposed to.
I really would have loved to see more from someone else's perspective- Jesse or Miles, even. Show us when they first discovered the spring. Did the boys ever serve in a war? What were their lives like? Mae only said they came home once every ten years. A decade of their lives would have been a very interesting subject to touch on. What about the origin of the Spring? Was it always there? Has anyone else drank from it? There are so many possible stories here, and it's frustrating that Babbitt didn't elaborate on any of them. Perhaps it's meant to be discussed, and speculated upon- but I really would have liked more.

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Liamthelionheart
Jul 30, 2019

it was a pretty good read, though i did prefer the movie over it.

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Greenapple123
Jul 11, 2019

Tuck everlasting was my favorite book .It is very interesting and a very good book!
Happy Reading!!!
❤️❤️❤️📖📖📖

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Metallicat71
Feb 12, 2019

This was a very interesting book. The story line was very intriguing.I recommend this book!
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Happy reading!

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 09, 2018

Reading this classic for the first time as an adult. Lots of big ideas about life and death explored in this one.

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crhinehart
Nov 24, 2018

-NO SPOILERS-
This is one of my favorite books ever. I've read it about 5-6 times. I wasn't happy about the ending when I first read it, but not everything has to have a happy ending! I find the ending bittersweet. I highly suggest reading the book before you watch the movie. The movie is more romantic. In the book, Winnie is 10, and in the movie, she's around Jesse's age. Jesse is 17. I read this book in only two hours, but then, I am a fast reader. This book will always hold a special place in my heart. I sure love the Tucks!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 08, 2018

The book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, I thought is fairly good. It is sad at the end, but I like the toad part. That was pretty funny. I also watched the movie but the movie made it very sad and depressing in my opinion. The plot was good, so I'd give it a three out of five.
- @Redibis of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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lReaderl
Jul 17, 2018

Great classic for any age. A short book that dives into the morals of immortality. Recommend

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red_ladybug_600
Feb 13, 2018

This book is so good I read it for a book club everyone said they loved it I give it 4 and half stars

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crhinehart
Nov 24, 2018

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Feb 03, 2017

gracemckenna thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 20

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abbyruth
Jun 28, 2016

abbyruth thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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ZoeCar
Jun 22, 2015

"What we have, us Tucks, it's not living. We just are. Like rocks on the side of a mountain."
-Tuck Everlasting

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zunairaf
Jul 04, 2014

"Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of unlived life, you don't have to live forever, you just have to live!"

radhakrishnan Jun 17, 2014

"It's a wheel, Winnie. Everything's a wheel, turning and turning, never stopping. The frogs is part of it, and the bugs, and the fish, and the wood thrush too. And people. but never the same ones. Always coming in new, always growing and changing, and always moving on. Thats the way its supposed to be. That's the way it is."

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mbssmith
Mar 08, 2014

So, I just read this book again to quote it in an essay I am writing and I found two quotations that I liked.

'Winnie thought about this peril to the frogs, and sighed. "It'd be nice," she said, "if nothing ever had to die." "Well, now, I don't know," said Miles. If you think on it, you come to see there'd be so many creatures, including people, we'd all be squeezed in right up next to each other before long."

I might put this quotation in my piece.
This one is just humorous though,

"How old are you anyway?" she asked, squinting at him. There was a pause. At last he said, "Why do you want to know?" "I just wondered," said Winnie. "All right. I'm one hundred and four years old," he told her solemnly. "No, I mean really," she persisted. "Well then," he said, "if you must know, I'm seventeen." "Seventeen?" "That's right." "Oh," said Winnie hopelessly. "Seventeen. That's old." "You have no idea," he agreed with a nod.

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lisahiggs
Sep 02, 2010

The ownership of land is an odd thing when you come to think of it. How deep, after all, can it go? If a person owns a piece of land, does he own it all the way down, in ever narrowing dimensions, till it meets all other pieces at the center of the earth? Or does ownership consist only of a thin crust under which the friendly worms have never heard of trespassing?

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lisahiggs
Sep 02, 2010

The road that led to Treegap had been trod out long before by a herd of cows who were, to say the least, relaxed. It wandered along in curves and easy angles, swayed off and up in a pleasant tangent to the top of a small hill, ambled down again between fringes of bee-hung clover, and then cut sideways across a meadow. Here its edges blurred. It widened and seemed to pause, suggesting tranquil bovine picnics: slow chewing and thoughtful contemplation of the infinite. And then it went on again and came at last to the wood. But on reaching the shadows of the first trees, it veered sharply, swung out in a wide arc, and passed around.

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abbyruth
Jun 28, 2016

Winnie wants to runaway but ends up being "taken" by the Tucks. The tucks have a secret.....they will never age and they will never die. All because they drank from a certain spring.
An evil man wants to sell that water and use them as freaks.
Will he get away with it? what will happen? Well just read the amazing book and you'll find out!

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ZoeCar
Jun 20, 2015

Young Winnie wants to run away from home. She gets 'kidnapped' by the Tuck family who supposedly are all over 100 years old. Winnie find s out that they do not age because they drank a magic water from a spring. A strange man in a yellow suit follows the tucks and plans to sell the water. Will he? What will happen to the Tucks. Read and find out!

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zunairaf
Jul 04, 2014

10-year-old Winnie Foster is tired of her family and is thinking of running away. One day, while in the woods, she meets a boy about the age of 17 drinking from a spring. The boy tells her that his name is Jesse, and he refuses to let Winnie drink the water. After this, she is kidnapped by Jesse's family, the Tucks. The Tucks tell her that the spring Jesse drank from gives eternal life to the drinker. Since their entire family drank from the spring, they are all immortal. A man eavesdrops on this conversation and goes to the Fosters with an offer to trade Winnie's location for the Fosters' woods, which contain the magical spring. They agree, and a constable goes with the man to retrieve Winnie. When the man arrives at the Tucks' house and tells them his plans for the spring, Mae, Jesse's mother, takes her husband's gun and swings it like a club at the man, killing him. The constable takes Mae to jail, and they learn that she is to be hanged. The Tucks and Winnie are frightened because if Mae is hanged, their secret about eternal life will be revealed. They soon come up with a plan for Winnie to take Mae's place in the jail cell while Mae leaves town with her family. Jesse gives Winnie a bottle of the spring water. Find out that if Winnie drinks the spring water or not!

laikee Aug 19, 2013

winnie foster has to decide whether or not to join the tucks who can live forever or spill the secret.

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seb901
Dec 13, 2011

In the book Tuck Everlasting by Nathalie Babbitt there is the Tuck family who are immortal.A girl named Winnie is tired of her mother and decides to run away in the forest where she meets a boy drinking water from a magical spring. She gets to learn about him and his family (the tucks) and finds out they are immortal. Will everyone in the village find out and know that they are immortal or will it still be a secret?

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