One of my desert-island books

I’m hooked and need a copy now. Thanks, Lizzie Ross.

Lizzie Ross

From my other blog:

Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt (1975), Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 139 pp.

I had heard about this book for many years before I finally sat down and read it in the mid-1980s, and I was sorry I had waited so long. It’s kind of young to be a classic, but I count it as a treasure, and also one of my guilty pleasures because I absolutely have to read it every fall. It may take place in August (1890), but it’s an autumnal book for me.

Most children’s books about death involve characters who tragically die young (Bridge to Terabithia, A Separate Peace). Some are so pathetically tragic (The Old Curiosity Shop) that they inspire cynicism (Oscar Wilde: “One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing”) or parody (Edward Gorey’s The Gashleycrumb Tinies or The…

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