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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
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Oct 28, 11

bookshelves: classic, fiction, gr-3-5, gr-5-8, fantasy, tween-lit
Read in October, 2011

A short narrative which takes place primarily over the course of a few days. Winnie Foster, age 10, accidentally stumbles upon a strange “boy” named Jesse Tuck and a secret spring in the woods on her property. When she goes to drink from the spring, Jesse stops her and takes her to the rest of his family, who then travel back to their hidden home. The Tucks explain that eighty years ago they drank from the spring and are now unable to die. They trust Winnie with their secret and Jesse asks her to drink from the spring when she reaches 17 so that they can get married. Conflicts arise when a stranger appears and voices that he will publicize the spring and sell drinks for high prices, thus allowing many people to live forever. Wonderfully interesting and magical. Gives a good discussion on mortality and the reasons for life. Excellent character sketches.
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