A spellbinding first novel about a young boy's fascination with the wonders of the seashore during a summer that will change
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 near 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 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 unforgettable, beguiling 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.
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The book is a good break for the author, Jim Lynch. It has a good plot and enough description to choke three horses. I would give it a ten star but the highest is 5 so just buy it, it will tear your heart in two! <3 it!
I live in the Northwest, and this book really grabbed my attention because of the location. I was really intriguied about what animals actually live here, and the tide. It is one of my favorite books! This book is great for teenagers. Awesome coming of age book.
Jim captured the pure essence and soul of the south Puget Sound in this book about a young boy coming of age while exploring the tidelands and life around him. I highly recommend this book.