Highest Tide

Highest Tide

by Jim Lynch
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Highest Tide by Jim Lynch

One moonlit night, thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley, a speed-reading, Rachel Carson-obsessed insomniac out looking for tidal specimens in Puget Sound, discovers a giant squid stranded on the beach. As the first person to see a giant squid alive, he finds himself hailed as a prophet. But Miles is really just a kid 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. As 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 stunning prose, author Jim Lynch puts sea life into a kaleidoscope where swirling shapes burst and reconfigure in continuous life-affirming wonder...The balance of elegance, groundedness and style is remarkable."-San Francisco Chronicle

"An irresistible coming-of-age fable, dappled with lyricism, briny honesty and good humor. It's as if Carson herself (or, say, John McPhee) had turned to fiction, bringing an exacting sense of the ebb and flow of nature to the story of one largely unsupervised boy and the exploration of his surroundings."-Los Angeles Times

"Unforgettable...[A] classic coming-of-age story, told with wry wit and quirky mating-marine-life facts."-Seattle Times

"In his superb first novel, Olympia's Jim Lynch has achieved a unique literary Triple Crown: 1) best coming-of-age novel set in the Pacific Northwest in recent memory; 2) best novel to resurrect the writing of the visionary Rachel Carson; 3) best novel to educate people about that mysteriously awesome place where freshwater meets the sea."-Oregonian

"The fertile strangeness of marine tidal life becomes a subtly executed metaphor for the bewilderments of adolescence in this tender and authentic coming-of-age novel."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Nerdy, vulnerable,

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582346298
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 04/04/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.53(w) x 8.15(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Jim Lynch spent four years as the Puget Sound reporter for the Oregonian, and has won national journalism awards and published short fiction in literary magazines. A Washington state native, Lynch currently writes and sails from his home in Olympia, where he lives with his wife and daughter. The Highest Tide is his first novel.

Hometown:

Olympia, Washington

Date of Birth:

November 3, 1961

Place of Birth:

Seattle, Washington

Education:

B.A.s in English and Journalism, 1985

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LilysGma More than 1 year ago
Wonderful coming of age story with an environmental bent. Lovely descriptions of the tidal areas of Puget Sound and friendships that cross all ages.
blondie60 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful coming of age story. If you were a teenager who felt like you marched to a different drummer in your teens you will love this little jewel. Having lived in the Puget Sound area for the last 40 years I could certainly relate to the description of the flora,fauna and marine animals described in this book. I will be looking forward to more Jim Lynch books in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book! I enjoyed it thoroughly. The scientific information was balanced perfectly with the storyline. Great local references for those in Washington.
GoldilocksOR More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It captures nature, adolescent angst, mystery, and danger and all in an endearing way. It will always be one of my favorites.
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Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this book. I did not think it was horrible, but yet, it certainly wasn't fantastic. I liked the narrator, and most of the story, but the writing was very tedious. I would sometimes lose track of what the author was trying to say, while I let my mind wander. Also, if you don't know much about marine biology, make sure you are near a computer to look up some of the marine life, as the author often assumes we know what some creatures are by their scientific name. This book was a mediocre coming-of-age tale, but if you are a marine biology buff, you'll be sure to enjoy it.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Miles says that most people don't believe him when he describes what he sees in the water--they often think he is exaggerating or lying. But when he finds something that is almost unbelievable to both himself and Professor Kramer, people begin seeing him a bit differently.

What he saw was a giant squid, which is usually a deep-ocean creature. The mystery of how such a creature would end up in the shallow waters of the Puget Sound caused quite a commotion in his own community and among the science community at large. Since Miles tends to be a quiet teenager, sudden attention focused on him seems a bit unsettling.

When Miles finds more unusual creatures in the area, more attention and questions are focused on him. Why is he the only one finding all of these remarkable things? Miles says it's because he is probably the only one looking. Indeed, he spends more time looking at the water than most kids spend on the computer. He becomes seen as a sort of scientific genius, a prophet, and even a hero. More and more people begin showing interest in this area and Miles struggles with the constant attention and the disturbance to the once quiet area. All of this is happening while Miles struggles with his parents' troubled marriage, his crush on a girl, helping his elderly friend stay out of a nursing home, and just plain old growing up.

Never before have the details from a book intrigued me so much that I immediately wanted to research them so I could see what was described in the writing. Until I read THE HIGHEST TIDE by Jim Lynch, that is.

Miles, the main character, has such a love for water life, and he spends a great deal of his time exploring. When Miles describes the things he sees it is with so much respect and awe that readers can't help but be drawn into a fascination of this world that is so often overlooked. I found myself wanting to pick up the book during my day so that I could see where else Miles's discoveries would take me. And when I did research, the pictures of these creatures were just as breathtaking as Miles described them.

Jim Lynch is able to create beauty with words the way artists do with paintbrushes. Read this book. You will see our planet differently. At least the 2/3 of it that is water and contains such intrigue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miles says that most people don¿t believe him when he describes what he sees in the water¿they often think he is exaggerating or lying. But when he finds something that is almost unbelievable to both himself and Professor Kramer, people begin seeing him a bit differently. What he saw was a giant squid, which is usually a deep-ocean creature. The mystery of how such a creature would end up in the shallow waters of the Puget Sound caused quite a commotion in his own community and among the science community at large. Since Miles tends to be a quiet teenager, sudden attention focused on him seems a bit unsettling. When Miles finds more unusual creatures in the area, more attention and questions are focused on him. Why is he the only one finding all of these remarkable things? Miles says it's because he is probably the only one looking. Indeed, he spends more time looking at the water than most kids spend on the computer. He becomes seen as a sort of scientific genius, a prophet, and even a hero. More and more people begin showing interest in this area and Miles struggles with the constant attention and the disturbance to the once quiet area. All of this is happening while Miles struggles with his parents¿ troubled marriage, his crush on a girl, helping his elderly friend stay out of a nursing home, and just plain old growing up. Never before have the details from a book intrigued me so much that I immediately wanted to research them so I could see what was described in the writing. Until I read THE HIGHEST TIDE by Jim Lynch, that is. Miles, the main character, has such a love for water life, and he spends a great deal of his time exploring. When Miles describes the things he sees it is with so much respect and awe that readers can¿t help but be drawn into a fascination of this world that is so often overlooked. I found myself wanting to pick up the book during my day so that I could see where else Miles¿s discoveries would take me. And when I did research, the pictures of these creatures were just as breathtaking as Miles described them. Jim Lynch is able to create beauty with words the way artists do with paintbrushes. Read this book. You will see our planet differently. At least the 2/3 of it that is water and contains such intrigue. **Reviewed by: Dianna Geers
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you are reading this book you feel as if you know Miles very well. Like all his friends are your friends and you love the sea just as much as he does. I learned lots of interesting facts about marine life through this book and now wish that I could actually go see it first-hand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rarely have I written a poor review of a book, but this is so overwritten and tedious a read I felt I had to warn others so they didn't make the same mistake I did. I don't have any idea why any one who's read more than three books in their life would claim this is anything other than the mediocre book it is. It's so overwritten and fluffed up that any possible good point in the book is nothing more than a dull and tedious chore to read about. Skip this author and this awful book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lynch immediately enraptures the reader by casting a self-exploring, adolescent character of as memorable significance as Salinger's, 'Holden.' Lynch sensitively grooms his main character while exposing us to fascinating details of sea life (crustacean) not dared by, nor succeeded with, since Melville.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Highest Tide is a great addition to any literary collection. The descriptions are exquisite. The real life situations lead to some hard hitting drama that keeps you locked into the unique world of the young Miles O'Malley. Get ready for a lot of sleepless nights, because this is one book you won't want to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Highest Tide is like a good friend, you just can't help but keep coming back for more. Set in the Pacific NW in Olympia, WA, Miles O'Malley is a marvelous and interesting young man and this is his story of a summer of discovery in more ways than one. There is alot of marine life details that help put the reader right in the middle of Miles' life. His story was such fun and heart warming I could not put the book down and I was very sad when it was over. A definite 'must' read!