The Tuck family has a very unique quality: eternal life. Nearly a century ago they discovered a small spring whose waters cause eternal life, and ever since they drank from it they have not aged, nor have they been able to die, even in accidents. At first they felt that this was a blessing, but as they years pass they become more and more burdened as they realize the full import of what has happened to them.
Then matters are complicated when young Winnie Foster stumbles upon the spring. The Tuck family manages to keep her from drinking the water, but a stranger overhears the story and plans to buy the spring and start selling its water. Now the Tucks are faced with a disaster: “so immense that this weary old earth… trembled on its axis like a beetle on a pin.”
Natalie Babbitt’s writing style is fresh and clear. She constructs her characters with loving detail that makes them live in the reader’s mind. In “Tuck Everlasting” Babbitt explores very deep ideas about eternal life using the words and minds of simple but powerful characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a Natalie Babbitt fan or who just wants to read a good book.