Natalie Babbitt: Tuck Everlasting

This is a gorgeous book. Beautiful imagery, remarkable premise, and engaging plot line. The characters are beautifully formed. And this is marketed towards children! Mortality is generally a taboo topic in children's novels (after all, childhood is when one is unaware of one's mortality). In this book, Natalie Babbitt is extremely successful in addressing mortality in a realistic and almost beautiful way. The question posed within the book (is immortality entirely desirable?) is applicable to people of all ages, making Tuck Everlasting a worthwhile read for everyone. While some people may not enjoy a book that arguably advocates for mortality, this book still deserves to be read for Babbitt's extraordinary writing and imagination.

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