By Natalie Babbitt
Winifred Foster lives a very protected gated life next to a forest. She longs for adventure and makes plans to runaway. One morning she decides that she’s not ready to run away, but maybe she should, at least, explore the forest.
There she meets Jesse Tuck who is relaxing near an enormous tree. She notices that he uncovers a small spring and drinks from it. While talking to him, she decides she is thirsty and wants a drink also.
He panics and tells her she can’t. The seventeen year old is very happy when his mother and elder brother arrive to take charge. Taking charge means kidnapping the ten year old. They take her away from the wood and proceed to tell her a story of how once you drink from that spring you can never age or die. A man overhears the story.
The Tucks take her home with them because they feel they need to convince her why she should tell no one about the spring.
Tuck Everlasting is a sweet tale that kids seem to still really enjoy in our modern world. Good for older middle grade and young YA. Has some violence.
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