The ten-year-old protagonist of the novel. When the reader first meets Winnie, she's deliberating about running away to escape the stifling care of her mother, father, and Granny, whom she believes pay… (read full character analysis)
Mae is a kind, "potato-shaped" woman. She's more than 100 years old because, 87 years before the start of the novel, she and her family unwittingly drank water from a magical brook that made them… (read full character analysis)
Angus (sometimes referred to as simply Tuck) is Mae's husband and the father of Jesse and Miles. He's a sad and withdrawn man, which the narrator suggests is because he's unhappy with his life… (read full character analysis)
Miles is Angus and Mae's oldest son. He's 22, strong, and he's worked as a carpenter and a blacksmith. In the years after he and his family drank the water, Miles got married and had… (read full character analysis)
The villain of the novel. He's never named but is described as being in constant motion and moving like a marionette. He travels to Treegap from the west in search of the Tucks, whom he… (read full character analysis)
The chief law enforcement official in Treegap. He's a friendly and good-natured man who takes pride in his work. He's not thrilled when the man in the yellow suit drags him out of bed in… (read full character analysis)
Winnie's grandmother. Though she's proper and orderly, like Winnie's mother, Granny is a bit more free-spirited and believes that the elves are responsible for the song she hears coming from the wood every once in a while.
A prim and proper woman who thrives on cleanliness and order. Along with Granny, she trains Winnie to keep a spotless house.
A proud man who owns the cottage and the wood.
Miles's daughter. She played with the man in the yellow suit's mother.