Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt

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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Paperback: 160 pages

Publisher: Square Fish; 1 edition (Aug. 21 2007)

ISBN-13: 978-0312369811

Synopsis: 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.

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Tuck Everlasting is one of my all time favourite books and I was shocked when I realized I had not reviewed it yet! Set in the late 1800s, Tuck Everlasting follows the young Winnie Foster on her journey with the Tuck Family who claim to be immortal. In a short period of time, Winnie, who is used to a very strict and routine life, learns to love the free and fun Tuck family. But their secret is at risk of being shared and young Winnie is left with a decision between life and death that teaches the reader – young and old – valuable life lessons about what it means to really live.

This story is so powerful and has so many “between the line” messages. I originally read this book in 6th grade (about 11 years old) and loved it. When I read it again in high school, I understood so much more of its meaning – and now I still read this book every year or so to remind my self about the wheel of life. It helps me to remember what it means to live. The lessons in this book are so deep, but the story itself is still entertaining which I think is what makes it that much more enjoyable.

I recommend this book to everyone – it doesn’t matter your age, gender, interests, anything! There is something in this book for everyone to take away and when you turn the last page you will realize that this book has taken up a little space in your heart and you will carry it with you.

Rating: 10/10

 

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