Tuck Everlasting: 40th Anniversary Blog Tour

What if you could live forever? That’s the question at the heart of Natalie Babbitt’s beloved classic, Tuck Everlasting — which celebrates it’s 40th anniversary this year.

Tuck Everlasting 40th Anniv_Cover ImageTo mark the milestone, Macmillan is releasing a special 40th Anniversary Edition of Tuck Everlasting, with a special introduction by Wicked author Gregory Maguire — in stores January 20th. (Pre-order it HERE!)

I remember reading Tuck Everlasting when I was a little girl — and to this day, the question posed by Babbitt — What if you could live forever? — is a haunting one. It’s hard, for me at least, to give a solid yes or no answer to such a deep question. So for today’s blog tour, I give you some reasons to consider both options:

5 Reasons to Live Forever

1. Unlimited time to read books. As a passionate reader, I’m always faced with the difficult choice of which books to give my limited reading time to … and which books to put off for another time, or possibly skip altogether. I often joke that I’d love to (a) put my life on pause for more dedicated reading time or (b) ask publishing to take a year off of releasing new books so I can have time to catch-up on my ever-expanding TBR pile. If I lived forever, this wouldn’t be a problem anymore.

2. See the world. The world is a vast place, with so many wonders — both big and small. Recently, my husband and I sat down and sort of prioritized our list of travel destinations we want to see — and as excited as I am about these possible future adventures, I know it’s a limited list. We only have so much time and so much money to see and do all the things we want. If we lived forever, we’d have all the time in the world to see and do everything.

3. More time for everything. I’ve specifically talked about having more time for reading and for seeing the world — but really, living forever would give you endless time for anything and everything. Think of the possibilities! Learning new skills, writing an epic novel, composing a symphony, hiking every mountain in the world, exploring the farthest reaches of space … the list is endless, and full of temptations.

4. No more scary middle-of-the-night “death” panic attacks. Maybe I’m the only one who has these, but I doubt it. We all, at one time or another, think about our own mortality. And I’ll go ahead and confess here that if I think about it too hard, I’m overcome by a crippling fear about the great unknown of death. (Usually at night, when I’m trying to fall asleep.) They are terrifying moments — and I think not just about my own death, but the deaths of my loved ones — my husband, my parents. Heck, I’ve been contemplating my dad’s mortality since I was 11, and he was diagnosed with cancer. (He’s a survivor, thank goodness!) If I could live forever — and hopefully, if my immediate family & my husband could live forever with me, like the Tuck family — these fears would be much assuaged.

5. Fearlessness. If you couldn’t die, think of what that would do to your inhibitions. Knowing you can live forever is a certain kind of freedom — freedom to do and try anything; to take risks, knowing you can try again if you fail.

3 Reasons NOT to Live Forever

1. Loneliness. I mentioned earlier that I’d want my immediate family & my husband to live forever with me. But if it was just me? I’m not sure I’d want to (1) face their deaths, knowing I’d never join them and (2) live forever without them. Even if I was able to find new friends throughout my never-ending life, I’d always be losing them. And that would lead to lots of sadness and, inevitably, loneliness. And as much as I enjoy my alone time, I wouldn’t want it to last forever.

2. Loss. As I mentioned above — living forever means you’d likely witness the loss of family and friends. And while we face loss in our everyday lives already, I can’t imagine doing it over and over and over again, endlessly into eternity. I would probably go insane.

3. Boredom. Sure, living forever means endless time to see and do everything … but eventually, wouldn’t you get bored with it all? I mean, if you’ve read every book, seen every site the world has to offer, tried every activity. Eventually, an endless life would get very boring.

So now I ask you … would YOU want to live forever?

See what other bloggers have to say about the subject by following the Tuck Everlasting 40th Anniversary Blog Tour using the hashtag #Tuck40th on social media. And remember to check out the 40th Anniversary Edition of Tuck Everlasting, in stores January 20th.

about the book2015 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.

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.

about the authorNATALIE 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.

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