Tuesday, April 8, 2014

39:120 Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Winnie has been leading a sheltered life all of her ten years with people admonishing her constantly to stay cool, stay clean, be polite, etc.  She decides one day that she will run away and goes off for a walk in the woods next to her house.  There she meets Jesse, a 17-year-old boy, who is pleasant until she tries to drink from the little pool of water next to him.  They argue until Jesse's mother finds them and not knowing what to do takes Winnie home with her to try and explain why she must never drink from that spring.  The Tuck family drank from it years and years ago and now no longer age and they can't be killed.  When Winnie was taken however, a man who had heard the stories sees her and strikes a deal with her family to bring her back in exchange for the woods the spring lies in.  Will the secret of the spring get blown open to the whole world or will the Tucks' figure out how to stop this secret from getting out?

A charming little story about how living forever may not be as great as it seems and how that responsibility can be heavier than you would ever imagine but also about friendship and trust and making grown-up decisions even when you are young.

Page count: 140p/9,433p ytd/190,425p lifetime

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