Tuck Everlasting by Natalie BabbittTuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting

byNatalie Babbitt

Paperback | August 21, 2007

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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 stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

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Artist and writer Natalie Babbitt (1932-2016) is the award-winning author of the modern classic Tuck Everlasting, The Eyes of the Amaryllis, Kneeknock Rise and many other brilliantly original books for young people. She began her career in 1966 as the illustrator of The Forty-ninth Magician, written by her husband. When her husband bec...
Title:Tuck EverlastingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.65 × 5.22 × 0.54 inPublished:August 21, 2007Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312369816

ISBN - 13:9780312369811

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 3 out of 5 by from good it was good but there was one thing i didn't like about it but I wont spoil it
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stephanie Meyer must have read this book A sweet classic that plays on the hopes and worries of immortality. It reminded me of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight, just less sci-fi. Its one of the few books from my Children's Literature University course that I will keep in my library after I complete the course.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic! A short, sweet little book. After reading this, I suggest you check out the musical adaptation, too!
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wow I read this in high school and the story stuck whit me I absolutely love it.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! When I read this, I thought it was amazing. I would say that it's a classic that all pre-teens and teens should read at least once.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Read this when I was in grade 6 English. Great book. Really romantic and exciting. The movie with Alexis Bledel is really good as well.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this when I was younger Living forever isn't all it's cut out to be
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from liked it Honestly, I didn't think I would like this as much as I did, especially since I had to read it for a class. But it was actually a pretty good read and I liked the portrayal of immortality in it.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book to reread I read this book in grade 4 for school. It was so interesting and hard to put down. Probably one of my favourite books still to this day.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memorable I had to read this in grade 6. It was required reading, I really enjoyed the book and I would definitely reread this again. It is one of the best books from my childhood.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic This book was supposed to be a required read when I was in elementary school, but my teacher decided that he didn't want to teach it that year. I decided to read it anyway and I am so glad I did. I think this should definitely be a required read for younger kids. It is beautifully written and really makes you think about life and its values.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read Read this in grade school and is still one of my favourites to this day!
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I only read this book at the age of 26 and I can see how young readers are interested in it. Also a very good book to pick apart for middle schoolers!
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Read this book in my english class. I loved it!
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! One of my favourite books growing up - has a great story and awesome mix of genres!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really makes you think! This book was really cute, and the idea just makes you wonder too. Would you REALLY want to live forever?
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Truly Everlasting Read this in elementary and the story stuck with me eversince.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from such a cute story I read this in grade 5 and it has stuck with me since then. One of the cutest stories I have ever read.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME I read this book in a day! I could not stop myself I loved it
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book to reread This novel has some of the best quotes I have found in a modern novel. Well worth the read.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a moving story I have read this book over and over again, and it is amazing every time.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Childhood Book I've loved reading ever since I learned how to read, but I never liked the books that I was assigned to read in school. However, that changed in 7th grade, when my teacher assigned us this book. This book is magic. It is simple in every sense, from simple writing to simple plot. But there is something so quietly magical about this story, something that makes me want to come back to Winnie's woods and the Tucks again and again. This was the first book that forced me to really think. If I were given the chance to live forever, would I take it? And what are my reasons? I'm 19 now and it's interesting to remember my 12-year-old self's answer and my answer now. It is still thought=provoking. I plan to reread this in years to come, and to read it to my kids in the future. This may be labeled as a children's book, but trust me, it is meant for everyone. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Love Love this book At first I was not sure were the book was going kidnapping a little girl. But soon after I feel in love with the story line and the two brothers. The story is so well written, you know at the end there were two possible endings but one was not more obvious then the other. Over all it was a great book many tears were shed for the ending. One of the best books I have read all at once.
Date published: 2015-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everlasting life This book is so good! It tells you if you really want an everlasting life. Well do you? This book is good for kids and adults.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the book The language is plain, the plot is strong and I am so glad I read it.
Date published: 2014-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting! My most favorite book in the whole world. I have read it 27 times (once every year since I was 10 years old. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to read it! Memorable and enchanting!
Date published: 2014-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Fave Childhood Books I LOVED this book as a child and I remember making my mom read it too. This fueled my imagination as a child and I have such fond memories of it.
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic and Beautiful! Read it in a couple hours...the one thing that kept crossing my mind is that I wish I would have read this years ago and can't wait to read it to my children. Beautifully written!
Date published: 2010-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I haven't read this book in 10 years, but I still loved it as much now as I did then. It's a classic.
Date published: 2009-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Strong, Beautifully Written Story I got this book when I was six years old, and in a week, I had read it and loved it. That was ten years ago, and I still pick up this book quite a lot. This book has elements for all ages, as I've experienced, reading it through. It's a book that makes you think, long after you've read it . I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes to believe in possibilities.
Date published: 2009-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A BRILLIANT STORY, BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN!!! The Tuck family lays low, they live inconspicuously. They are not normal people. One time they drank from a spring that held magic spring water. It allowed them to live forever at the age they drank the water. Winnie is a ten year old who happens to stumble along them and then they sat her down to tell her their secret. Complications start to happen when Winnie and the Tuck family are followed by a stranger in a yellow suit who wants to sell the spring water for money so he himself can become immortal AND famous. I recommend this book for any person who loves a good intriguing story! I read this book a couple years ago and I have read it at least three times since.
Date published: 2008-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Little Treasure This book was given to me by a friend who has been introducing it to her students in the classroom for years. I had no idea what to expect, but was enchanted by the story. If asked if one wanted to live forever, I believe most would not hesitate to drink from the fountain of youth. Yet this story explores both sides of the coin. This is a story I plan on passing on to my children. Thought provoking for readers of all ages!
Date published: 2008-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgetable You can never put down such a amazing book! Sad and cheerful, The Tuck family face a serise of bad coincidences, witch leeds different members of the family to love, ssadness, but also friendship, witch they had lost many times before, due to the curse...or the luck....of living forever.
Date published: 2002-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind capturing Thought this book was just so amazing. I had read this book when i was little and came across it again and came to love it once again. It is just a wonderful story that is mind capturing and is perfect for just anyone.
Date published: 2002-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memorable This novel had an amazing impact on me. It really caused me to take a second look at so many issues that I thought I had a firm belief in and re-evaluate myself. This is a moving novel with a resounding message and impacting theme.
Date published: 2002-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tuck Everlasting This was an amazing story. It takes something you think would be great and shows you that things really aren't always as they seem. The idea of a spring that makes you young forever is very cool. I thought this book was fantastic and I would love to read it again and again.
Date published: 2001-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasic! After drinking from a magic spring, Jesse, Mae, Angus and Miles Tuck, are blessed with everlasting life. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster finds out their secret, the Tuck family must explain why living forever isn't as good as it seems. This book was fantastic!
Date published: 2001-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stupendous!!!! This book was fantastic. It took me into a world of courage and bravery. When Winnie Foster stumbles over something that she's not supposed to know about, things really get exciting. I suggest that you get this book, and read it!!
Date published: 2001-01-26

Editorial Reviews

"Rarely does one find a book with such prose. Flawless in both style and structure, it is rich in imagery and punctuated with light fillips of humor." -The Horn Book Magazine"Beautiful and descriptive language is the strength of Babbitt's fantasy about Winnie and her encounter with the Tuck family, who cause her--and readers--to ponder an important question: What would it be like to live forever?" -Booklist"Probably the best work of our best children's novelist." -Harper's"A fearsome and beautifully written book that can't be put down or forgotten." -The New Yorker"Exciting and excellently written." -The New York Times Book Review"Natalie Babbitt's great skill is spinning fantasy with the lilt and sense of timeless wisdom of the old fairy tales. . . . It lingers on, haunting your waking hours, making you ponder." -The Boston Globe"With its serious intentions and light touch the story is, like the Tucks, timeless." -Chicago Sun-Times"This book is as shapely, crisp, sweet, and tangy as a summer-ripe pear." -Entertainment Weekly