When I heard that there would be a tour for the 40th Anniversary of TUCK EVERLASTING I was so honored to be invited to be a part of it. This was my favorite read when I was younger and it is a book that has had a lifelong impact. I just re-read it for the umpteenth time and I’m happy to say that it holds every bit of its magic.
The blog tour runs from January 1st through February 9th and at each stop the bloggers will be answering the question that the book poses – “What if you could live forever?”
If you’d like to check out all the stops, the schedule is posted on the publisher’s website, which is linked in the banner above and at the bottom of this post. And if you’d like to follow along on Twitter, follow the #Tuck40th hashtag.
This special 40th Anniversary Edition of TUCK EVERLASTING will be releasing on January 20th and features an introduction from Wicked author Gregory Maguire. If you’d like to pre-order a copy, you can on the publisher’s website – HERE.
Ever since it was first published in 1975, the book has never gone out of print. In the US alone it has sold over 3.5 million copies. Upon the book’s publication in 1975, Natalie was greeted with concern from parents and educators who were stunned to read a book about death written for children. She is an author who challenges her readers and thinks the best questions are the ones without answers. This 40th anniversary will introduce a whole new generation to this timeless classic.
About Tuck Everlasting
Title: TUCK EVERLASTING – 40th Anniversary Edition
Author: Natalie Babbitt
Release date: January 20, 2015
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook
Blessed with—or doomed to—eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less of a blessing than it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.
A brand-new introduction from Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked, and additional bonus materials make this special edition of Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting a must-have for lovers of the book and a great way to introduce a new generation to a classic.
About Natalie Babbitt
NATALIE BABBITT is the award-winning author of Tuck Everlasting, The Eyes of the Amaryllis, Knee-Knock Rise, and many other brilliantly original books for young people. She began her career in 1966 as the illustrator of The Forty-Ninth Magician, a collaboration with her husband. When her husband became a college president and no longer had time to collaborate, Babbitt tried her hand at writing. Her first novel, The Search for Delicious, established her gift for writing magical tales with profound meaning. Knee-Knock Rise earned her a Newbery Honor, and in 2002, Tuck Everlasting was adapted into a major motion picture. Natalie Babbitt lives in Connecticut, and is a grandmother of three.
What if I could live forever?
This has not been an easy question to answer. If I was asked when I first read this book just shortly after I turned 11, or even after I turned 21, my answer would have been very different than the one I would give today.
I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of immortality. I think it was this book that made it so. The idea that you could live forever young, without risk of illness or injury, was incredibly appealing. The idea that you could be with someone you’d fallen in love with for eternity, even more so.
I sobbed at the end of this book when I first read it. I could not understand Winnie’s choice back then. If I had the chance to run off with the Tucks, to be with Jesse, to be immortal, I would have gone back after saving that toad and drank from the spring and waited for their return. Even if it meant waiting for years or centuries. Because what are centuries when you have forever?
Of course, if I could have found some magical spring that allowed me to live forever, I would have made sure to get enough so that my family, my friends, my pets would have been able to share in eternity with me.
The lure of immortality stuck with me well into my 20s. It may have even been more alluring then. If I could have lived forever 21 – free from the restrictions that come with being younger – I would have jumped at the chance. The concept of forever held only an appeal back then.
I don’t think I grasped the idea of just how long forever really is. I didn’t understand what one loses with the passage of time and that it’s not always a positive thing to watch the world change century after century, to watch people enter and exit your life. And that if there was no expiration to your life you’d have to bear witness to it countless times.
Today, if I was given the chance to live forever I would say no. There is still an appeal to be able to save those I love, to ensure that they will never get sick or grow old or leave me, or for me to never have to leave them. And the idea that I could live freely, without worry about harm, or that I could do great and different and new things with so many years at my disposal is very alluring. But now I understand what it might be like from Jesse’s point of view. And not just because of what happened with Winnie.
Anyone he meets and comes to care about in his endless days will live their lifetime and leave him. If he decided to have a family, his children and grandchildren and great grandchildren would come and go while he remained. If he didn’t reveal his secret, then he could never be a part of their lives. And if he didn’t want to remain alone, he’d have to do it all over again. And again. And again.
The world would reinvent itself countless times as would he. He’d get to experience all the beauty but also all of the ugliness in people. I can only imagine that one lifetime’s worth would be tough to bear. Countless lifetimes of joy and heartache would make me weary.
So, while I still feel sad about the choice that Winnie made – I’m a hopeless romantic and will always be in this, my one, lifetime – I am glad that she chose as she did. As it seems that she would have had no regrets from making the choice she did.
And I’m glad I wasn’t given the choice to live forever when I was 11 or 21. Even if it would have granted me the time to discover all the amazing books, such as Natalie Babbit’s TUCK EVERLASTING.
Because this was my favorite book when I was younger and because I love it even after all the years that have passed since I first read it, I am giving away a copy of the new 40th Anniversary Edition to ONE winner to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository.
- Must be 13 or older to enter
- There will be one winner
- Giveaway is open to anywhere Amazon or The Book Depository ships
- Giveaway ends on January 18th at 11:59 p.m.
- Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
- Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
- Winner will have 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen
Enter in the Rafflecopter below…
The Tour So Far…
Jan. 1 – The Irish Banana
Jan. 2 – Candace’s Book Blog
Jan. 4 – Bibliophilia, Please
To check out the full schedule on Mac Teen Books, CLICK HERE.