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Tuck Everlasting

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  247,123 ratings  ·  9,694 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, 148 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
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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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 fl
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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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Karina
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing little book. How can an author say so much and describe so many scenes of nature and a person in a paragraph? Clearly, she was this talented.

Now... would I drink from this spring water or would I choose to let my life play out the way God intended it to? I still don't know but it's an interesting choice to have.

It can be smart or very evil-- depending on ones perspective/personality.
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Debbie
Once I got started, an everlasting pogo-stick ride through the woods

The first 30 pages of this award-winning classic, I wasn’t feeling the love. BOR-ing! Description out the ying yang, and there I was out in nature again, where I risked running into bees and poison ivy while dying of the heat.

And there were other things that normally would chase me away. It’s fantasy, for crying out loud, and a KID’S book. It’s too old-timey: the late 1800s. And that means horse travel! Give me zooming cars any
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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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Fabian {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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Hilary
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who love great stories and philosophical ideas
Recommended to Hilary by: My US and Canadian goodreads friends
We loved this story, we loved the concept, the descriptions of nature, the relationships between the characters. The philosophical ideas were good, we loved thinking about what this storyline suggested and how although it seemed the ideal thing to be granted, the people who had it found it more than a curse than a blessing. In my naivety I still think it would be ideal as long as those you loved were in on it too, but yes, I can see it would get complicated, and where would it stop? The music bo ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt
Ten-year-old Winifred "Winnie" Foster is frustrated with her family, and considers running away from her home in rural Treegap. One day, while in a wooded area her family owns, she sees a boy of about 17 drinking from a spring. He introduces himself as Jesse Tuck, and tells her not to drink the spring water. Soon after, his brother Miles, and his mother Mae, take her away with them. On the way, they are pursued by a man in a yellow suit, who had approached the Fo
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Wendy Darling
Really...try not to cry.

Reread for our #tmgreadalong classics challenge! Discussion on the blog Friday 1/30.
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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Ivana - Diary of Difference
A total masterpiece. This book made me think about the question of which every one of us wants to know the answer - is it that good to live forever? I love the way the writer insists on telling both the positive and negative sides of leaving forever and staying forever young.. I know I won't stop thinking about this book in a while. ...more
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. ...more
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
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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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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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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Amerie
#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.) ...more
Luisa Knight
From start to finish, I didn't want to pull my nose out of the book!

What an enchanting and provocative tale! It was everything I wanted it to be. And it was SO much more than the movie offered. In fact, if you've seen the movie but haven't read the book, scratch what you remember, and read the book. Because the book got it right (duh!). I liked the fact that Winnie was only ten years old in the book. Somehow that made it more believable ... and more romantic somehow. And how the book ended ... i
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Melanie  Brinkman
Immortality: A blessing or a curse?

When Winnie Foster discovers a spring that grants eternal life on her family's property, she has no idea the powers it holds. But when she meets the Tuck's, who all drank from it, they let her in on on the realities of watching life go by and never growing older. Just as Winnie must decide whether to join them or not, a slimy stranger comes to steal the water.

Will Winnie keep the Tucks' secret?

Oh how the passing of years brings cheers along with fears. One week
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Katherine
”’Who wouldn’t give a fortune to live forever?’

‘I wouldn’t.’”


I think people tend to underestimate children’s novels. They think that these books are just cutesy little things about trivial subjects such as going to the park, getting a new pet, going to the store, etc. But I find that children’s books can often be more profound than even the densest literary tome. Tuck Everlasting is no exception. With her blunt, simple language and endearing message, it’s no wonder that this book is consider
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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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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
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
4.5 Stars
“Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don't have to live forever, you just have to live.”


I don't know if it can count as a reread if I don't really remember much of it from the first time. What I do remember is that Tuck Everlasting is one of the earliest books I remember reading on my own. It's such a magical world that feels new, big, and full of promise. The book puts you at ease, yet somehow you're excited for this grand new adventure. It's just s
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Julie
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I will be attending a high school musical of Tuck Everlasting next week and wanted to read the book beforehand. I truly enjoyed the story and the descriptive writing charmed me. The narration by Peter Thomas was reminiscent of being at my grandfather's knee and was most pleasant. ...more
7jane
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(this does feel like a middle grade level novel, but even at my age it's still a good read 8) )

One hot, early August, circa 1880/1881: Winnie Foster, almost 11, an only child of a family in Treegap (and one of the first families to settle there), is feeling restless and dreaming of running away, just to escape her strict family. They own a small patch of woods nearby, with a strange spring within it. One day she goes to see it, and meets a strange family, the Tucks, who take her away to their ho
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Joy D
This is a short, sweet fantasy about a family that drinks from a mysterious spring, thereby attaining an immortal and ageless life. They encounter a ten-year-old runaway and tell her their secret. A mysterious stranger threatens to exploit the spring to make a fortune. This book was published in 1975 and, somehow, I missed reading it before now. It is set in New Hampshire in the 1880s. Themes include the circle of life and making good decisions. It would be a good joint reading experience for pa ...more
Jessica
I just love this story. It's the perfect combination of old fashioned and fantastical. Although as a kid, I couldn't understand Winnie's decision, I do more and more as an adult. It was interesting to see my children's reactions to this! ...more
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