Tuck Everlasting

by Natalie Babbitt (1975)

An Intermediate and Middle School selection.

If you were given the chance to live forever, would you take it?

It is said that a mysterious, magical spring exists deep within a wood near the rural town of Treegap. While rumors circle (and some might seek it for profit), the curious Tuck family is alarmingly familiar with the spring’s infamous waters.

For years, the spring remains untouched and hidden.  Until Winnie Foster stumbles upon it.

Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting, originally published in 1975, is a beloved classic. Babbitt’s language is almost poetic. Her descriptions are juicy, her wordplay is effortless, and her characters are dynamic. Children and adults alike will sympathize with the Tuck family, root for Winnie, and cringe at the diabolical ‘Man in the Yellow Suit.’

Tuck handles heavy themes in a lighthearted, yet thought-provoking manner. Babbitt delves right into life’s hardships and asks valuable questions about death, beautifully weaving these themes with family relationships, loyalty, love, nature, and change. Because of the sheer number of conversation starters woven throughout the pages, Tuck Everlasting is a truly thought-provoking book.

Tuck Everlasting is a great One School, One Book title for schools who want to encourage dialogue among their students, families, and communities. While this novel addresses themes of death and immortality, believe it or not, Tuck is actually fun, too!  The larger message: the true narrative is to celebrate life – and all of the beauty, wonder, and nonsense in it. Tuck is above all exquisitely and unapologetically human.