- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Format: Paperback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 12mm | 118g
- Publication date: 14 January 2003
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0747564175
- ISBN 13: 9780747564171
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 31,733
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 kidnap her and explain why living forever at one age is less than a blessing that it might seem. 'Intense and powerful, exciting and poignant, Tuck Everlasting will last forever - in the reader's imagination.' Amazon.com 'Someone ought to start spreading the word that Natalie Babbitt is not only a children's writer the style is so fine and subtle that grownups too will take real pleasure. 'Tuck Everlasting' is one of the best books ever written - for any age.' Anne Tyler, New York Times Featured in Elle Hot 100 "This refreshing and original story throws up all sorts of moral dilemmas, not least the question of whether one would like to live forever. Children in Year 4 and above will find much to ponder here." Times Educational Supplement "Babbitt's economy of style is such that she can use a single gesture or detail to convey great swathes of meaning She understands perfectly the sense of powerlessness felt by children and her message is whether your name is Harry Potter, Frodo Baggins or Winnie Foster, young people with courage and a sense of rightness can 'make a difference'. " Herald (Glasgow) 'A welcome reissue of a book previously published in 1977. Long regarded as an American masterpiece, Natalie Babbitt's novel deals with a weighty subject - everlasting life, no less - with a lightness of touch and a simplicity that never descends to the pedantic or the condescending. Sounds fanciful, but is told with all the cool, sharp, clear-eyed 'realism' that represents the best of American writing. And don't be influenced in any way by the fact that a Disney version is in production - just read it. It's breathtaking.' Chris Stephenson, Carousel 'This novel is both lyrical and provocative and a timeless
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Natalie Babbitt started out as an illustrator and has written and illustrated many novels and picture books for children. Tuck Everlasting has won several awards in the US including ALA Notable Book. Natalie has also won countless awards for her other books. Natalie teaches writing for children and book illustration and also writes reviews of children's literature for the New York Times Book Review and other publications. She is a grandmother of 3 and lives in Rhode Island, USA.
By Stephanie Forster (Stepping out of the Page) 05 Nov 2011
This was a simple yet enjoyable read. The writing is a pleasure to read, the characters are sweet and the plot is an interesting one. Although both the Tuck family and Winnie aren't particularly deeply developed, they shine through as being lovely. The issue of immortality is the main subject of this book - Winnie is discovered by the immortal Tuck family when she is sitting by a river that flows with magical water. The way it all worked out made an effective story, but I think it could've been better by actually displaying or at least discussing both points of immortality - the good aspects and the bad, rather than just saying how it could be such a terrible thing. However, for a children's book, it was a lovely story to read and the slight romance between Jesse and Winnie was very sweet.
By BookishNature.com 04 Jul 2011
"Tuck Everlasting" is a beautifully written book by Natalie Babbit about the bitter sweetness of immortality and young love. While the book has been written for children ages between 8 and 12, I actually read this when I was around sixteen, and loved it then, as I still do now.
Engaging, magical and thought-provoking is how I would describe this beautiful tale of life and death. Babbit cleverly writes about the importance of life and death for her children audience without using negative elements in the story.
For a fantasy novel, there is no dragons, wizards or witches, but humans, only blessed or doomed with immortality. While some readers may describe the lack of action as "boring", I personally found it very refreshing and different. Yes, it is indeed strange that a young girl of 10 and young man of 17 to be "in love", and that kidnapping is not a glorious thing, but looking pass that, it is a wonderful story nonetheless.
I highly recommend this, but something tells me the older male audience will probably not enjoy this.
Full review at http://fantasticalwords.com
'Intense and powerful, exciting and poignant, Tuck Everlasting will last forever - in the reader's imagination.' Amazon.com; 'Someone ought to start spreading the word that Natalie Babbitt is not only a children's writer... the style is so fine and subtle that grownups too will take real pleasure. 'Tuck Everlasting' is one of the best books ever written - for any age.' Anne Tyler, New York Times; "This refreshing and original story throws up all sorts of moral dilemmas, not least the question of whether one would like to live forever. Children in Year 4 and above will find much to ponder here." Times Educational Supplement; "Babbitt's economy of style is such that she can use a single gesture or detail to convey great swathes of meaning; She understands perfectly the sense of powerlessness felt by children and her message is whether your name is Harry Potter, Frodo Baggins or Winnie Foster, young people with courage and a sense of rightness can 'make a difference'." Herald (Glasgow); 'Not since Swift invented the Struldbrugs has the quandary of everlasting life been so thoughtfully explored...A poignant story.' Mary Hoffman, Armadillo
First published in the United States in 1975, this book has come to be regarded as a modern childrens classic. The simple story, aimed at children of about nine to 13, is set in the late 19th century. Its about a 10-year-old girl, Winnie, whose life is changed when she meets a family called the Tucks - mother, father and two young adult sons. The Tucks tell her a secret that since drinking, many years ago, from a spring in the woods at the back of Winnies house, they have never grown any older. Anyone who drinks from the spring will live for ever. The Tucks have one aim, which is to prevent anyone else from drinking from the spring. They have realized that the possession of eternal life is a curse, not a blessing. The book poses two interesting moral questions: if you had the chance of eternal life, would you take it? And if someone was about to pass the secret on to the rest of the world, how far could you justifiably go to stop them? The simplicity of the story enables readers to think about the questions raised and make up their own minds. Winnie herself has to make the choice whether to drink from the spring or not and we dont know until the very last page which choice she makes. (Kirkus UK)