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And what a summer he has! Miles, who is licensed to collect marine specimens for money, slips into his kayak late one night when he can't sleep and begins his exploratory rounds. What he sees is not the usual collectibles. He hears a deep exhale, a sound of release, and comes eye to eye with a giant squid. But, there are no giant squid in Puget Sound or anywhere around it--and when they are seen by humans, they are always dead. His discovery is confirmed by Professor Kramer, a local biologist and Miles's friend. Television cameras arrive, everyone wants to interview this small-for-his-age but very smart boy and the events of the summer begin to unfold.
Jim Lynch has an ability to tell a tale that glows on every page. He knows everything that lives in or near the water by name and habit. This knowledge and his sense of wonder at the natural world brings the reader very close to his story, both in its setting and its characters. One early morning Miles says, "...the water was so clear I could see coon-stripe shrimp ... and the bottomless bed of white clam shells ... Those shells, as unique and timeless as bones, helped me realize that we all die young, that in the life of the earth, we are houseflies, here for one flash of light." Such insights are perfectly natural coming from Miles, whose interests are not garden-variety. He has a mad crush on the mixed-up 18-year-old girl next door, a randy age-mate named Phelps, and a deep friendship with Florence, the elderly woman his mother refers to as "a crazy witch." Florence is a psychic of sorts and her powers come into play when she predicts an extremely high tide on a certain day.
All of these relationships and what is happening between Miles's parents are part of this event-filled, life-changing summer. Early on, Miles says off the top of his head, when asked by a TV reporter why a deep-sea creature has found its way to his front yard, "Maybe the earth is trying to tell us something." What the earth and the sea and the people in Miles's life are all trying to tell him is what he susses out in the days that follow--before that high tide.
This absolutely luminous first novel has all the earmarks of a classic. The Highest Tide is destined to be read, re-read, and to remain on bookshelves for the enjoyment of generations to come. --Valerie Ryan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Nice character development and story line.
It is one of those books you just can't put down and are annoyed when every day things like work and sleep interfere with your reading time.
The Highest Tide, is a charming story filled with real characters, smart writing, beautiful imagery and a comical touch of mysticism.
This story captures a stage in male development that is seldom appreciated. I enjoyed it immensely. It is easy to read and makes you want more.Published 5 days ago by James Nugent
This book showcases the true and yet mysterious beauty of Puget Sound and the shorelines of the Great Northwest more than any other book I've ever listened to on CD or read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Timothy J. Davis
This semester is the second time I've taught Jim Lynch's book in a college freshman seminar. Obviously it's a winner.Published 2 months ago by Professor
an intelligent telling of a nice, simple story that kept me wanting to read more and more. Interesting throughout with great characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by stubby
Parents of late bloomer's or science nerds or divorcing parents or those boys themselves would enjoy this book. A little slice of a summer that most of us will never know.Published 4 months ago by J. Greer
Great book and came as promised. This was required reading for summer school. Very good book. I recommend it to youth.Published 4 months ago by Heather Moreno
I really enjoyed this tale of a boy coming of age surrounded by the tidal life of an inlet in the northwest. Nice character development and story line. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Demo
while the protagonist has thoughts that are probably beyond his years, I found this a wonderful read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by James R. Bateman
This book wasn't available in an electronic format when I ordered it to read with my book club. While everyone loved the book, I couldn't read it because of my vision problem. Read morePublished 6 months ago by G. Block