Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting

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Baker & Taylor
Ten-year-old Winifred Foster's accidental encounter with the uncommon Tuck family, their hidden spring, and their extraordinary secret transforms her life and leads her to make a noteworthy decision

McMillan Palgrave
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 starnger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune

& Taylor

The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.
Winifred's accidental encounter with the unusual Tuck family and their extraordinary secret transforms her life.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, l997, c1975
Edition: Paper ed
ISBN: 9780439452403
Characteristics: 139 p. ; 20 cm


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Jul 17, 2018

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

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

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

An everlasting classic about a girl who didn't want to grow up!

Aug 04, 2017

a great book with lots of adventure and a great story line.

DBRL_KrisA Jul 30, 2017

It never entered my mind, while reading this book, how much like a classic fairy tale it is. The gift of immortality, the villain, even the toad that may be more than he seems - is he an enchanted prince? (Spoiler alert: no.)
Winnie accidentally discovers a family that has (accidentally) become immortal; they kidnap her to prevent her from revealing their secret; she goes through a whole range of emotions from fear to disgust at their less-than-perfect home life to, eventually, love. The family explain the different positive and negative aspects of living forever, and we see that immortality isn't necessarily a good thing. Winnie has a chance to become a better person (and does), and a chance to become immortal herself (I won't tell you how that works out), and a common garden toad becomes immortal.

Feb 03, 2017

I loved this book. We read it as a class book in year seven and we were always asking to read more! It is so descriptive and you really get drawn to the characters. I still really love this book and I am in year 10!

Jun 28, 2016

Tuck Everlasting is sooooooooo good! I read it when I was 10 and I still love it four years later!!!!!!! to good!

May 19, 2016

Awfully wonderful... and wonderfully awful.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

After drinking from the water of a secret spring in the woods, the Tuck family is burdened with an unusual gift: they can live forever. However, their secret is suddenly threatened when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about the spring water which grants immortality.

FindingJane Nov 27, 2015

With its air of delicate sadness coupled with a down-home sensibility, “Tuck Everlasting” is one of those classic tales that lingers like a subtle perfume long after you finish it. Immortality is conferred without intention on an unsuspecting family of farmsteaders, people who find themselves condemned to eternal wandering when people notice that they don’t age.

The Tucks are the salt-of-the-earth types, in every sense of the word. Forced to leave every town they settle in every ten years or so, they remain wholeheartedly the same. Eternity does not render them bitter, mean, cynical, cruel, sadistic or indifferent to human pain. They do not turn out like Louis, Sméagol, Voldemort or any number of ordinary beings in literature rendered vicious and inhuman by becoming immortal.

They remain simply themselves, exactly who they are at the time of their transformation. While the older members of the family (Mr. and Mrs. Tuck and their eldest son Miles) are gloomy about what’s happened to them, the eternally young 17-year-old Jesse doesn’t see what’s so terrible. He is jubilant about being able to travel around the world forever, always seeing new things and having new experiences.

Ms. Babbitt renders their dilemma in practical and feeling prose, as common as the Tucks themselves. Their fate is seen through the eyes of Winnie, a ten-year-old girl who stumbles upon their secret and is taken into their confidence. Her accidental discovery forms the turning point that gives the book its engine and pulls us into the Tuck’s world.

This is a sublime children’s classic, one that remains so throughout the years because it presents its readers with an age-old question: If you could live forever, would you? What would you do with your eternity if you had it?

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Dec 30, 2017

indigo_cat_686 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 10

RobertELPL Mar 06, 2017

RobertELPL thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Feb 03, 2017

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

Jun 28, 2016

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May 19, 2016

violet_cat_5387 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Dec 09, 2014

Red_Duck_5 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

radhakrishnan Jun 17, 2014

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May 08, 2014

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Dec 17, 2013

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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

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."

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.

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?

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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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!

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!

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.

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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