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Tuck Everlasting

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  194,308 Ratings  ·  7,784 Reviews
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 follo ...more
Paperback, 139 pages
Published November 1st 1985 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published 1975)
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Havenisle
Mar 24, 2008 rated it liked it
I loved the story but I hated the ending. This was the first book I was ever mad at. To this day, I still scowl at people that say that immortality is a curse. Perhaps it is, if you're stupid and lacking in any aspirations. If I were the family in this book, I could agree. But no, I'm not... I wish they would just go to college and get some dreams and stop feeling sorry for themselves. If you have the rest of eternity to kick around, do something useful like trying to save the world. If you're g ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
One day I was visiting my mother-in-law, a former high school English teacher. She mentioned, as we were leaving, that she had two boxes of books that she was going to get rid of. With visions of a literary treasure trove in my head, I quickly offered to take them off her hands so I could keep what I liked and dispose of the rest. When I got home and opened the boxes, I found . . . dozens of Sweet Valley High and Babysitters Club books. I have NO idea where my MIL got them from, or why. I was so ...more
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Kat Stark

I read this book as a birthday gift to the one and only Awesome Kat Stark who is celebrating her birthday on September 27. SUPER HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KAT! Read her wonderful review by clicking on her name.

I confess. Once in my young life, I dreamed of becoming immortal and invisible and you have to admit you did too. What, no? You didn’t? Oh come on, admit it! Don’t leave me alone here!



Anyway, even if you deny it, I’m here to speak on behalf of you dorks who dreamed of impossible dreams- of flyin
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Casey
Jul 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a quiet read, ELA teachers 5th - 12th
This book is a quiet read. Even the drama has a hot, sleepy, summer feel to it. Have a lazy long weekend to just curl up, this is a small and in someways sad, read.


I teach this book to my students for lots of reasons. It lets us talk about metaphors and similes. The language is not complicated but it is artistic. I use it when working with predicting texts. Also, and maybe mostly, it's great for some of those big questions if you're having your students reflect upon life and family. What would y
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Anne
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
REREAD: Feb. 8/ 2016

I watched a movie yesterday that led me to reflect a bit on life, humanity and immortality. And eventually, after a train of exhaustive musings on the aforementioned subjects, I decided I wanted to read something pertaining to them. But what? I really don't know of any other books that explore the subject of life and perils of immortality, except for this one. Hence, my reread. I read this in about 3 hours because I didn't indulge too much or peruse the story with tedious att
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Councillor
Tuck Everlasting is one of those books everyone should read at a young age. After all, who hasn't ever thought at least once about how it would be to live eternally, to be free to do everything you want to, to embrace life in all its different facets? The way this short novel deals with eternal life - and raising the question about whether or not that can be considered a blessing or doom - makes it an important addition to the literary world.

Fast-paced and easy to read, this is a book to devour
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Julie
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Natalie Moore was a writer and an illustrator who went on to marry a fellow writer named Samuel Fisher Babbitt.

Bibbity bobbity boo, next thing we knew, Natalie Moore was writing as Natalie Babbitt.

And Ms. Babbitt went on to write this famous little book called Tuck Everlasting, a young adult story with a delicious cover and a clever, real writer's name. A name that kept reminding me of someone who'd be related to Bilbo Baggins and Peter Rabbit. And, if you know Beatrix Potter's work, you can rec
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Melki
"Know what that is, all around us, Winnie?" said Tuck, his voice low. "Life. Moving, growing, changing, never the same two minutes together."


Geez - who wouldn't want to live forever? Just think of the unlimited time to read; you'd finally get to EVERYTHING on your list. There'd be time to learn to play an instrument . . . all the instruments! You'd have all the time in the world to master all sorts of skills.


But, there would be drawbacks, of course there would. (Just ask Dr. Who.) You'd have to
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Wendy Darling
Really...try not to cry.

Reread for our #tmgreadalong classics challenge! Discussion on the blog Friday 1/30.
Kristina Horner
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Never actually read this book as a child - only saw the movie. Listened to the audiobook for booktubeathon with my boyfriend and we both loved it! It's a very radio-drama-esque good vs. evil story, but it's charming and fun and we had a delightful time.
Duane
This review contains spoilers.

The year is 1880. The Tuck family lives in the small rural town of Treegap, New Hampshire. There is a spring there, located in the Foster's Wood, with water that will give you immortality. If you are 17 when you drink it, 17 you will be forever. The Tuck family knows this because 80 years earlier they drank the water and haven't aged a day since. But now 10 year old Winnie Foster has discovered their secret which creates all kinds of problems for everyone involved,
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K.D. Absolutely
Nov 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens
The Cullen family meets Gretel minus Hansel. The vampire family in that Stephanie Meyer’s popular saga moves from one town or city to another because they are immortals and they don’t want people to notice that their appearance does not change. This is similar to the Tuck family here in Natalie Babbitt’s children’s slim novel, Tuck Everlasting. However, the Cullens are vampires and the idea of vampires being immortals was originally thought of by Bram Stoker while the Tucks have drank water from ...more
Hilary
We loved this story, we loved the concept, the descriptions of nature, the relationships between the characters. The music box was an interesting part, we really wanted to know what tune it played. We couldn't predict the ending and we enjoyed speculating how this story would be concluded. Despite really enjoying this at the time, I was left with a sad feeling after the story had ended.
Maddie D
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
2/20/13

My class is currently reading Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. My favorite part in the book is when Jesse asks Winnie if she wants to wait 6 years and then get married and go on adventures. I like this part in the book because you would never expect that it would happen. It was an interesting and surprising part of this book. I can relate to Winnie because I always wanted to be my own independent person. I always wanted to walk to school by myself and pack my own lunch, I just wanted
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Dannii Elle
Actual rating, 3.5 stars.

This is a perfectly whimsical read and, had my younger self read this, then I could see this becoming a firm childhood favourite. As it is, I feel I am too old to really appreciate the fantastic and yet simplistic story. It saddens me to say this, really. It means that my more mature self has picked plot holes and problems where only beauty and simplicity should reign. This is living proof that growing up is definitely bad for you!

The story was poignant, whimsical and sw
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Banny Carstairs
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, bookmate
Actual rate 4.5

What a short and yet remarkable story. I just wish the prologue were longer.
Ameriie
#reread A beautiful novel. I read this aloud to my still-in-utero baby and loved it. (But 100-year-old-trapped-in-a-17-year-old-body Jesse was very creepy for asking 10-year-old Winnie what he asked. Immortal human beings mature and change even if their ages and appearances do not. I'd like to see this reflected more in fiction, though some results would be scaaaandalous.)
Heidi-Marie
One could say that almost every book I read in my 5th grade class made some kind of an impression on me. Perhaps because these books were beyond the trite, fluff books I had been reading once I'd gotten over my reading difficulties. Such books like Sleepover Friends and Baby-Sitters Club passed the time. But my reading teacher (Mrs. Llewellyn) picked winners for every book. This one was a most definite favorite. Not only an interesting story, but one that made you think and truly ask yourself qu ...more
Erin Lynn
Do you think immortality is a curse or a blessing? What if you were given the choice to age normally or halt your life at this moment and stay that way forever just by drinking a bit of water? That's what young Winnie Foster has to decide in this beloved novel by Natalie Babbitt.

Even though I'm pretty sure that I've read this book before (don't think less of me for not remembering; it was over twelve years ago), I had a very pleasant time reading this classic children's novel. I love the story t
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Margie aka The Bumble Girl
Some books never change. No matter how old you get :)
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tuck Everlasting is definitely classic and really unforgettable; it was one of the first books I read as a kid that actually made me really think about life itself.
Ana Rînceanu
The book was well written and I liked how immortality was sen through the eyes of 6 people, but the Winnie/Jesse relationship was a little creepy. Despite that I liked it.
Bonnie
May 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
As far as I know, this award-winning, modern-classic is still on the Grade 5 curriculum in BC schools. The story deals with the universal themes of life and death; the main idea being that there is a natural cycle to life. If you could choose to live forever, would you do so? What would it be like if you did? This story poses these two questions, and asks the reader to think. At the same time, Natalie Babbitt entertains by writing a highly engaging narrative, filled with beautiful and descriptiv ...more
Renata
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Many more readers if all ages are now enjoying the wide range of powerful stories written for YA audiences. Tuck Everlasting has remained one of my favorites.
I'm writing this quick little review today because I learned the author, Natalie Babbitt, has just passed away and so her stories and the ways in which they touched my life are foremost in my mind today.
I taught this book for many years as a fifth grade teacher and I hope it continues to be read by readers of all ages. It is a lyrical,
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James Govednik
Oct 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Despite its longtime popularity, I had never read this book. The audio CD by Peter Thomas is excellent. In this fantasy, 10-year old Winnie stumbles upon the secret of the Tucks' magic spring. Although the setting is the late 1800s, Natalie Babbit's writing pushes that part of the setting to the background, immersing us fully in the characters. The poetic elements of the writing, the beautiful descriptions of the natural settings, the imagery--it was all so rich I often reached for the book afte ...more
Berfin Kanat
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ölmek de çarkın bir parçasıdır, doğmak da. Bir parçayı alıp geri kalanın görmezden gelemezsin. Bütününün bir parçası olmak Tanrının bir lütfudur. Eğer ölüm yoksa yaşamın ne anlamı var ki? O zaman yaşam olarak adlandıramazsın bile."

Masal tadında bir hikaye. Kısa ve derin. Yaşam ve ölüm üzerine. Bitirdiğimde kendi kendime dedim ki bir gün öleceksin, bir gün öleceksin. Farkına var. Hangimiz gerçek manasıyla bunun farkındayız ki? Çocuk kitabı olarak geçiyor fakat hüzünlü, ölümün kendisi gibi işte.
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Karen
Mar 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I've seen the movie and saw this at the library. I'm in a young adult kick that's two books long. I liked the movie well enough for watching it on cable with commercials and probably edited. I have high hopes for the book. I'm only on chapter four and there have been some charming turns of phrase.

Unlike [i]Midwife's Apprentice[/i], this one is being established from the very beginning like a fable and it feels magical. I expect I shall find fable all the the way through.

UPDATED March 30
OK, I rea
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Liz Janet
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”

If you had the opportunity to drink from the spring of youth and live forever, would you? And would you show it to someone else?

Jon
Just as sweet and heartbreaking the second time around, it's no surprise that this one is so revered.
Raevyn Oswald
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The descriptions! The symbolism! The tragedy! I'm almost crying...this is a new favorite.
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