The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
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One moonlit night, thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley sneaks out of his house and goes exploring on the tidal flats of Puget Sound. When he discovers a rare giant squid, he instantly becomes a local phenomenon. But Miles is really just a kid on the verge of growing up, infatuated with the girl next door, worried that his parents will divorce and fearful that everything, even the bay he loves, is shifting away from him."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"As crisp and clean as a cool dip into the water, and just about as refreshing."-Entertainment Weekly "[A] graceful and inventive first novel."-The New York Times Book Review"Move over, Holden Caulfield; here's Miles. . . . An uncommon and uncommonly good coming-of-age novel." -Chicago Tribune

About Jim Lynch

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JIM LYNCH has received the H. L. Mencken Award and a Livingston Award for Young Journalists, among other national honors. His most recent novel, Border Songs, won the Washington State Book Award and is currently being adapted for television.
Published September 1, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 270 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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But when Miles is on the water, Lynch’s first novel becomes a stunning light show, both literal, during phosphorescent plankton blooms, and metaphorical, in the poetic fireworks Lynch’s prose sets off as he describes his clearly beloved Puget Sound.

Jun 15 2005 | Read Full Review of The Highest Tide: A Novel


$14.95), Miles O’Malley, the novel’s 13 year-old hero/naturalist, observes, “I learned early on that if you tell people what you see at low tide they’ll think you’re exaggerating or lying when you’re actually just explaining strange and wonderful things as clearly as you can.” And Miles O’Malley...

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Book Reporter

Just as a mere seashell can evoke the sound of waves crashing at sea, a similar sensory experience emanates from the pages of Jim Lynch's debut novel, THE HIGHEST TIDE, which instantly transports us beneath the waters of a marine world teeming with infinite life and exquisite possibility.

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Entertainment Weekly

A solitary, precocious teenager whose height refuses to stretch beyond 4 feet 9 inches, Miles spends much of his time immersed in books, quoting beloved nature writer Rachel Carson, or wading silently through Olympia's Puget Sound, observing its many marine inhabitants.

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The Bookbag

Miles spends all day and much of the night on the beach, searching out its beauty and life.

Oct 24 2009 | Read Full Review of The Highest Tide: A Novel

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Mia Geiger Oregonian 4 of 5 Stars "Jim Lynch has achieved a unique literary Triple Crown: 1) best coming-of-age novel set in the Pacific Northwest in recent memory;

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