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The Highest Tide
The Highest Tide
Author: Jim Lynch
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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781582346298
ISBN-10: 1582346291
Publication Date: 4/4/2006
Pages: 272
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 39 ratings
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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GeniusJen avatar reviewed The Highest Tide on + 7145 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Reviewed by Dianna Geers for TeensReadToo.com

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.
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Excellent book! Its so full of description, you really felt like you were there alongside Miles looking at all of the tide pools. I loved it
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PamelaH avatar reviewed The Highest Tide on + 90 more book reviews
A beautifully written book, chock full of lessons about the Pacific coast's marine life through the eyes of a thirteen year old boy's coming of age. If you love the natural world and are one of Rachel Carson's followers, you will love this book. An easy read - I believe it was written for the young adult - but very mature in its nature. Great characters... I especially liked Miles' elderly friend, Florence. The ending upset me a bit as I'm not quite sure where it really went and hate to think negatively in that regard, but that didn't take away from the story.
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Being different isn't always exciting and fresh. in this story of a boy who has a special love of things from the sea and a woman who can see the future, you will be transported to a salty marsh at low tide and see and feel things you never thought.