On a moonlit night, thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley packs up his kayak and goes exploring on the flats of Puget Sound. Miles loves looking for starfish, snails, crabs and clams, but as he forages he comes across a startling sight. His heart pounds as he moves closer to an enormous breathing beast. Then he realises that he is looking at something ...
On a moonlit night, thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley packs up his kayak and goes exploring on the flats of Puget Sound. Miles loves looking for starfish, snails, crabs and clams, but as he forages he comes across a startling sight. His heart pounds as he moves closer to an enormous breathing beast. Then he realises that he is looking at something remarkable: a giant squid. Miles becomes a celebrity and is pursued by TV crews who hope that this intelligent boy can make sense of the phenomenon. Meanwhile the sea continues to throw out mysteries from its depths, and his psychic friend Florence predicts that even more amazing discoveries will precede the highest tide in fifty years, and that this will hold life-changing events for Miles. But Miles has earth-locked problems. He fears that ageing Florence will be put in a home, that the passion for his dreadlocked ex-babysitter Angie will go unrequited, that his arguing parents will divorce, and that everything, even the bay, is shifting away from him. His goal this summer is to stop things from changing. This gripping story of obsession, beauty and the wonders of the sea intoxicates the reader with its humour and tragedy as a young boy comes of age in a summer never to be forgotten.
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Hard to find. This edition came from England. I love this book and so did my dad, for whom this copy was.
Jim Lynch is a curious writer who loves people and figuring out the eccentricities of their relationships, not only to each other but to the world around them, both natural and not so much.
I recommend this for any reader who is drawn to the tidelands, the tides themselves, and the mysteries that live in the beautiful salty sea that sustains all of us.
May 20, 2010
More than a coming-of-age novel
A teenager in Olympia (Mud Bay), a self-taught expert on sea and shore life, makes amazing discoveries, e.g. a gigantic giant squid; "predicts" natural disasters, e.g. an unnaturally high tide, thereby becomes famous for 15 minutes. Sensitive, empathetic portrayal of the boy and his conflicting emotions. Plus which Lynch manages to impart lots of interesting facts about the natural world at the edge of the sea.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-07-18 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, Lynch's first. As a precocious, undersized 13-year-old living on the shore of Puget Sound, in Washington State, Miles O'Malley has developed a consuming passion for the abundant life of the tidal flats. His simple pleasure in observing is tested and complicated over the course of a remarkable summer, when he finds a giant squid, a discovery that brings him the unwelcome attention of scientists, TV reporters and a local cult. Meanwhile, Miles's remote parents are considering a divorce; his best friend, Florence, an elderly retired psychic, is dying of a degenerative disease; his sex-obsessed buddy, Phelps, mocks his science-geek knowledge; and his desperate crush on Angie Stegner, the troubled girl next door, both inspires and humiliates him. Events build toward the date of a record high tide, and Miles slowly sorts out his place in the adult world. While occasionally Lynch packs too much into a small story, this moving, unusual take on the summers of childhood conveys a contagious sense of wonder at the variety and mystery of the natural world. Agent, Kim Witherspoon. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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