A children's book by Natalie Babbitt, about a family, the Tucks, who have found a spring which grants eternal life. Winnie Foster, a 10 year old girl who has run away from home, comes across the spring and is kidnapped, helps a murderer escape from jail, and in the end is offered a drink from the fount of eternal life... and doesn't know whether to drink it.

Besides being an interesting discussion of immortality, this book is beautifully written. A phrase from the opening paragraph, "the blank white dawns of august" is indelibly written in my mind. It has the same child-like but not in any way childish intensity that the excellent Bridge to Terabithia also possesses. Recommended, recommended, recommended.

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