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Tuck Everlasting 40th Anniversary Promotion Post!

Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Natalie Babbitt’s celebrated, ground-breaking title Tuck
Everlasting (Anniversary edition on sale January 20). In celebration of the anniversary,
Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group will publish a special anniversary edition featuring an
introduction from Wicked author Gregory Maguire.

Natalie will be in conversation with Gregory Maguire at Symphony Space in New York City on
Sunday, January 25 at 1:00 PM. Alexis Bledel, star of the 2002 movie adaptation, will read
from the book.

Tuck Everlasting asks readers “What if you could live forever?” Doomed to, or blessed with,
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. Then complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger
who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

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. The book has sold over 3.5 million copies in the US alone, and has never been out of print since publication.

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 You Could Live Forever?

I would take a lot of time to think about drinking from the Spring.  I don't think forever is all that wonderful.  Losing family, friends, beloved pets, and my overall environment (assuming massive changes in centuries) is a risk that doesn't outweigh the benefits.  At this time, I would choose not to drink from the Spring.  However, if I drank from the Spring without knowing it's longevity "cure" then I would spend my life trying to help others via volunteering, being a medical doctor, forging through aging research and honing in on specific diseases that have long plagued the human race.  I would see the world (assuming I didn't already do that in the life I was given) and make sure to spend time to truly get to know the flavor and culture of where I was.  If possible, I would travel to the deepest oceans and furthest planets.

What would you do if you could live forever?  Tweet with #Tuck40th and follow the conversation!

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