Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
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 than it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.
The major characters are Winnie Foster, Jesse Tuck, Mae Tuck, Miles Tuck and Tuck. The story is set in rural “America” in the late 1800’s and written in omniscient voice. The theme is good vs evil and the story has a bitter sweet ending.
Interest Level: ages 13 -18
Review by Christine