When 10-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles upon the Tuck family's disturbing secret, she is forced to come to terms with her conflicting emotions. She feels drawn to the loving, gentle, and rather eccentric Tucks, but what they tell her is too incredible to be believed. Doomed to, or blessed with, eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family tries to make Winnie understand that the terrible magic of the forest spring can never be revealed.
"Not just for middle school kids... made me happy."
The award-winning author discusses her unforgettable novel, first published in 1975, with author Gregory Maguire (Wicked). Babbitt's classic story centers on a young girl who stumbles upon the mysterious Tuck family and their secret, magic spring. The moving prose and rich imagery have made this story a favorite among young readers.
Many years ago, Jenny’s grandfather had been captain of the brig Amaryllis, sunk at sea during a terrible storm. Gram and Jenny’s father had stood on a bluff overlooking the sea, and watched in silent horror as the handsome ship was swallowed by merciless, churning waters. After that, Jenny’s father couldn’t get away from the sea fast enough. But Gram had stayed behind. Every night since the storm - for 30 years - Gram has combed the beach for a sign from her dead husband. Now, her ankle sprained, she needs Jenny to search for her. Every evening the two of them wander down to the shore and Jenny scans the sand for her grandmother.
"Poetic, beautiful, exciting, perfectly read"
It all starts with a train rushing through the night…. Well, actually, it starts when Jon Scieszka, former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, writes a cliff-hanger episode and passes it on to the next member of a cast of celebrated writers, who continues the story and pass it on. And what happens between episodes one and 27? Think werewolves and mad scientists, a talking pig, plenty of explosions, a blue Star Wars lunchbox, two meatballs, a whole army of villains and varmints, and more!
"Great Fun for Both Kids and Adults"
La vida y un mundo de emociones aguardan a Winnie Foster, de diez años de edad, al otro lado de la cerca de hierro que la separa del bosque de Treegap. Pero los padres de Winnie la protegen demasiado y le han prohibido alejarse del patio de la casa. Winnie haraganea, se desanima y se queja con el hosco sapo que es su único amigo. "Uno de estos días" - le dice - "me voy a escapar y podré vivir una aventura." Cuando ese día llega por fin, Winnie descubre un manantial mágico que promete vida eterna, y se topa con la extraña y fantástica familia Tuck.
Yes, Jack Plank stared out to be a pirate. His shipmates all liked him, and their ship, the Avarice, was certainly very beautiful. But after a while it was clear that he wasn't much good at plundering. He just didn't have the knack for it. So what to do? Jack did the only thing he could do - he went ashore to look for another line of work.