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The Highest Tide

A Novel
Lynch, Jim (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Highest Tide


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A mesmerizing, allegorical, and beautifully wrought first novel about one boy's fascination with the sea during the summer that will change his life. One moonlit night, thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley slips out of his house, packs up his kayak and goes exploring on the flats of Puget Sound. But what begins as an ordinary hunt for starfish, snails, and clams is soon transformed by an astonishing sight: a beached giant squid. As the first person to ever see a giant squid alive, the speed-reading Rachel Carson-obsessed insomniac instantly becomes a local curiosity. When he later finds a rare deepwater fish in the tidal waters by his home, and saves a dog from drowning, he is hailed as a prophet. The media hovers and everyone wants to hear what Miles has to say. But Miles is really just a teenager on the verge of growing up, infatuated with the girl next door, worried that his bickering parents will divorce, and fearful that everything, even the bay he loves, is shifting away from him. While the sea continues to offer up discoveries from its mysterious depths, Miles struggles to deal with the difficulties that attend the equally mysterious process of growing up. In this mesmerizing, beautifully wrought first novel, we witness the dramatic sea change for both Miles and the coastline that he adores over the course of a summer-one that will culminate with the highest tide in fifty years. Jim Lynchhas won national journalism awards and published short fiction in literary magazines and spent four years as the Puget Sound reporter for theOregonian. A Washington state native, Lynch currently writes and sails from his home in Olympia, where he lives with his wife and daughter.The Highest Tideis his first novel. A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults A Book Sense Pick   A mesmerizing, allegorical, and beautifully wrought first novel about one boy's fascination with the sea during the summer that will change his life. One moonlit night, thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley slips out of his house, packs up his kayak and goes exploring on the flats of Puget Sound. But what begins as an ordinary hunt for starfish, snails, and clams is soon transformed by an astonishing sight: a beached giant squid. As the first person to ever see a giant squid alive, the speed-reading Rachel Carson-obsessed insomniac instantly becomes a local curiosity. When he later finds a rare deepwater fish in the tidal waters by his home, and saves a dog from drowning, he is hailed as a prophet. The media hovers and everyone wants to hear what Miles has to say. But Miles is really just a teenager on the verge of growing up, infatuated with the girl next door, worried that his bickering parents will divorce, and fearful that everything, even the bay he loves, is shifting away from him. While the sea continues to offer up discoveries from its mysterious depths, Miles struggles to deal with the difficulties that attend the equally mysterious process of growing up. In this mesmerizing, beautifully wrought first novel, we witness the dramatic sea change for both Miles and the coastline that he adores over the course of a summer-one that will culminate with the highest tide in fifty years. "[A] graceful and inventive first novel . . . [Lynch's] declarative style and vivid imagery allow the science of the ocean to blend easily with its poetry."-The New York Times Book Review   "Wryly funny, achingly sad and endearingly hopeful . . . the kind of book you can't put down, and the kind you'll pick up again."-Denver Post
Authors: Lynch, Jim, 1961-
Title: The highest tide
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury :, Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers,, 2005
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 247 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jim Lynch
ISBN: 9781582346052
1582346054
Branch Call Number: FICTION LYNCH
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Report This Nov 20, 2013
  • VPLlen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. One of those savory stories with excellent writing and a gorgeous setting. It's a book that invites you to share it's curiosity about the natural world. I learned some things about the ocean and how easy it is to miss things when you're not looking.

Report This Jan 20, 2013
  • ambergrey100 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book has a juvenile main character that even Rachel Carson would love. Describes the west coast life and characters beautifully. Have read it a number of times and enjoy it every time.

Report This Jul 27, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The story of a 13 year old boy on Puget Sound. It is inspiring about marine life and an all round nice story.

Report This Jul 23, 2012
  • hughsehler rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved the story, loved the characters, loved the setting, loved the writing style!

Report This Jan 22, 2011
  • vickiboo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Set in the author’s hometown of Olympia, Washington, this novel covers one summer in the life of Rachel Carson-obsessed insomniac thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley. Miles’ consuming interest is the diverse and teaming sea life of Skookumchuck Bay. When he discovers, in quick succession, two rare and bizarre creatures – a giant squid and a ragfish - the media descends and Miles reluctantly becomes a local celebrity. Although Miles worries about his parents’ separation, his huge crush on his former babysitter and the increasing illness of an elderly friend, what dominates the story is the sea and its mysteries. A good read for both adults and teens.

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