Tuck Everlasting is one of those books that leaves you in a reading trance of sorts, sucked in yet at peace with the flow of the plot and the plight of the characters. Not often will you find a children’s novel with such attention to description and detail, leaving very little dialogue, and meaningful dialogue when it can be found. By the end, you must take a few minutes to ponder what exactly has just happened, what it means in the grand scheme of things, and how the author used so few pages to present a story of such depth.
Young Winnie, in her desperation for human company, discovers a family consisting of two boys and their parents, that reveal to her that they are quite a bit older than they look. Many years ago, they discovered a fountain of youth that has allowed them to cease the normal aging process. Throughout the years, they encountered many difficulties and basically chose to isolate themselves. Winnie is touched by their kindness and love, and finds herself enjoying every moment she spends with them.
by Natalie Babbitt
Originally published in 1975