The moment I picked up this book and started reading, I was captivated. Is it the style of writing? Or the content? I wasn’t really sure, but from the first page I knew I was holding a really wonderful book. By the time I finished, I wasn’t disappointed.
Winnie Foster lives in house next to a wood which has a special tree. From the base of that tree a spring flows, and if you drink from this spring you will live forever. Winnie meets Tuck who drank from the spring 110 years ago. From their first meeting, Winnie’s life is changed. Will she drink from the spring, or will she choose to die?
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This is a throught provoking novel which stays with you well after you have finished it. The author ends the story, but there are still so many questions, so your mind is drawn back to wonder what and if. The language is sublime, some of the best I have ever read in a novel for young people. Everything living is personified and the words jump off the page into your mind so you can see everything so easily. It is no surprise to me that this has been a favourite amongst children and adults since its publication in 1975.
My concerns about this book are minimal, it is an innocent story, but Winnie does disobey her parents twice. Each time she does, she suffers consequences. I highly recommend this story for ages over 10. The edition I read was 160 pages, published by Square Fish in 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0312369811