Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
(A Sunburst book)

85%

11 Critic Reviews

At a time when death has become an acceptable, even voguish subject in children's fiction, Natalie Babbitt comes through with a stylistic gem about living forever...Though the mood is delicate, there is no lack of action, with the Tucks (previously suspected of witchcraft) now pursued for kidnapping Winnie...
-Kirkus

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 than 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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About Natalie Babbitt

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NATALIE BABBITT is a gifted artist and writer whose novels are inspired by a brilliance and imagination that is completely original. Her books include The Search for Delicious; Kneeknock Rise, a Newbery Honor Medal winner; and Tuck Everlasting, the enduring classic novel which has insured her place in the history of children’s literature. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
 
Published September 17, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 144 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Apr 13 2012

At a time when death has become an acceptable, even voguish subject in children's fiction, Natalie Babbitt comes through with a stylistic gem about living forever...Though the mood is delicate, there is no lack of action, with the Tucks (previously suspected of witchcraft) now pursued for kidnapping Winnie...

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer Lafferty on Jul 19 2012

This is the sort of book that readers of any age can appreciate. Set in Michigan in the early twentieth century, the story follows the experiences of an affluent but lonely and restless young girl, Winnie Foster, as she learns about life...At its core “Tuck Everlasting” is a philosophical novel that teaches lessons no one is too old to learn.

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Open Letters Monthly

Good
Reviewed by Steve Donoghue on Nov 07 2009

...for my money, it’s these gentle ruminations on the nature of mortality that make Tuck Everlasting such a marvelous book...The choice that Winnie makes at the novel’s close is both predictable and stunning, and it will send the reader (perhaps especially the young reader) away with a head full of questions about what really matters in life.

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Common Sense Media

Good
Reviewed by Norah Caroline Piehl on Jul 27 2015

This is such a timeless story that kids who miss the context clues might be surprised to discover at the end of the book that it's set in the 1880s...This is a wonderful book to read with children who have experienced the death of an older relative. Children will be eager to discuss Winnie's life-or-death decision.

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Nights and Weekends

Good
Reviewed by Deborah Leiter on Jan 08 2016

But don’t think this book is all deep or hard to read just because it introduces philosophical questions. They’re introduced naturally, as part of the story. As part of a beautifully and simply told story with real characters...

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Rebecca M on Aug 08 2015

In my opinion, Tuck Everlasting is a wonderful book. Natalie Babbitt did a great job writing this book. Tuck Everlasting is a very well written book and I recommend reading sooner or later. There were some dull parts in a couple places but once you read the whole book beginning to end, it all came together.

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Teen Ink

Good
on Aug 08 2015

I thought this book was fantastic. The Tucks and Winnie goes through a lot of dilemma and that makes this book very interesting...Tuck Everlasting fits into the fantasy genre because there are good verses bad, love...I love fantasy books because it never can happen in real life. I recommend this book.

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The Bibliobrat

Excellent
Reviewed by J.C. on Apr 30 2010

As it turns out, the story and its theme are ageless. There is a kidnapping and murder, but it’s handled in a fashion that keeps this suitable for younger sensibilities...Yes, it’s a very short read, but it carries quite a punch...A definite recommend to anyone who has never read it, or has seen the movie.

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Bloggers Heart Books

Good
Reviewed by lanna-lovely on Apr 19 2010

I really loved this book and it's quite hard to put into words exactly why I loved it but I'll give it a try. As with all books that I really love, the characters were brilliant and the writing was really good but on top of that, the story was unique too...

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Good
Reviewed by Armestead on Mar 10 2009

Read this intense book Tuck Everlasting. It is filled with love, trust, friendship, and knowledge for life. It is fearsome and thoughtful, with great style. It is a greatly written book. I recommend it to everyone.

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Miss Print

Above average
Reviewed by Emma Carbone on Feb 24 2010

That is not to say that Tuck Everlasting lacks charm. The story goes by quickly and is often quite fun. Babbitt clearly wanted to say specific things with the story about life–eternal or not. Which she did. It’s just that the particular devices she used to make her points made parts of the book problematic.

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