What clues caused the Tucks to conclude that there was something peculiar happening to them? 

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The Tuck family describes their discovery of the spring's magical powers in chapter 7.  They passed and drank from the spring without knowing anything had happened.  The Tuck family eventually found where they were going to settle and began building their homes.  That's when they started to notice that not everything was entirely normal anymore.  

"That was the first time we figured there was something peculiar," said Mae. "Jesse fell out of a tree . . ."

"I was way up in the middle," Jesse interrupted, "trying to saw off some of the big branches before we cut her down. I lost my balance and I fell....

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