Review: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting
Natalie Babbitt
Square Fish
Published August 1, 2007 (Originally published 1975)

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In her tidy little home on the edge of a wood, ten-year-old Winnie Foster lives with her prim and proper family. When the summer heat and the oppressive rules become too much to bear, Winnie escapes to the forest for an adventure. She means to explore and maybe she will run away, but a chance meeting with a beautiful boy changes everything.

Jesse Tuck knows he shouldn’t have let Winnie see him drink from the fountain in that wood. Now nothing will distract the girl from the mysterious flow of water. He and his family have only one choice: kidnap the girl and convince her to forget what she has seen.

But Winnie isn’t the only one who has seen something curious in the wood. A man in a yellow suit has uncovered the Tuck family secret, and he wants to use it to make his fortune. Winnie’s abduction is the perfect opportunity for him to get his hands on the fountain that will make him rich.

As Winnie begins to understand why the Tuck family keeps their secret, she finds she must agree with them. As the man in the yellow suit and the sheriff close in, she knows she must protect the Tucks and their secret at all costs.

Tuck Everlasting is a simple yet beautiful story about a lonely girl and a family who must live with a terrible burden. Winnie’s strong spirit and her love for her friends is truly inspiring.

Profanity/Crude Language Content

Sexual Content

Spiritual Content

A woman strikes a man on the head with the butt of a rifle. He does not survive his injuries.

Drug Content


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