Author: Natalie Babbit
Length: 139 pages
Reading Ram Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Winnie Foster lives in an ordinary house with an ordinary family. She does things any child would do, she plays around outside, she explores. Then one day Winnie finds a strange boy in the wood next to her house. He drank from a spring, that Winnie had never seen before, carefully hidden away. Next thing she knows, she is with the Tucks heading to their house a long way out of town. The Tucks are very nice people, but they have a secret. They will live forever. After drinking from the spring a long while before, they miraculously stop aging. But as much of an incredible miracle this may seem, it comes with a price. Watching the world around you, your friends dying, everything you know changing around you, is a tough price to pay. The Tucks are in a prison of never ending life. Winnie can join them, but she must pay the price. Or she can just protect the spring and the Tuck's secret from everyone. I really loved this book so much. It was well written and the story was so meaningful. Living forever would be awful, in my opinion. But making the choice not to would be so hard! This book had suspense, good detail, and hardship. My favorite part was Winnie finding the spring, and the boy along with it. I think that this book represents the wish of some people, but it also has the price you must pay. This book is a classic, it was written 40 or so years ago, but like many others, it is still a very good read. One thing I didn't like about this book, however, was that the author didn't increase the amount of danger with someone finding the spring. The author should have made another threat, like people clearing the forest for wood and finding the spring. Or something else like that. Otherwise, I thought this was a great book and a good, quick read that will have you on the edge of your seat and very sad within the same hour. I would recommend this book for third grade to eighth grade. There is no inappropriate things in this at all, and is a good book for discussion. You should definitely try it out in your free time!