The Highest Tide

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The Highest Tide

The Highest Tide 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 phen

  • Title: The Highest Tide
  • Author: Jim Lynch
  • ISBN: 9780747579380
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, evenOne 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

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    1. Saleh MoonWalker on said:

      Onvan : The Highest Tide - Nevisande : Jim Lynch - ISBN : 1582346291 - ISBN13 : 9781582346298 - Dar 272 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2005

    2. Shovelmonkey1 on said:

      Aw, this book touched me in my special place. No, not that special place you filthy minded bunch. I am referring to that happy childhood place that was preserved within my heart before it became glacial with the hoare frost of the general cynicism that comes from working with idiots and generally being alive in the UK in the 21st century. Life is a beach for wee Miles O'Malley. Although the wee moniker is a minor sticking point because he's nearly fourteen now and yet cruel fate, and genetics ha [...]

    3. Jeff on said:

      I was very excited to read this debut novel after seeing promising reviews in several trade magazines. My excitement nearly doubled after I got my hands on the book and saw an endorsement written by Katherine Dunn, whose novel, Geek Love, is one of my favorite books. The Highest Tide describes the summer of a fourteen year old boy, Miles O’Malley, who happens upon several marine life phenomena on the tidal flats of Puget Sound. After Miles precociously comments to a reporter that his amazing d [...]

    4. J.K. Grice on said:

      THE HIGHEST TIDE is a beautiful coming-of-age tale of a young boy growing up in the Pacific NW. Jim Lynch is a fine writer, and I loved the story he told here.

    5. Jim on said:

      The Highest Tide starts out strong, but ends up going nowhere. I was intrigued by the characters and setting to begin the novel, but there is no real development as the novel proceeds. The main character, Miles, also provides the narration, which draws the reader away from the story with his inconsistency. Sometimes Miles comes off as a 14 year old kid, which he is, and at other times, he writes like a completely mature adult. I get that Miles is wise beyond his years, but Lynch seems to falter [...]

    6. Jennifer Wardrip on said:

      Reviewed by Dianna Geers for TeensReadTooMiles 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 [...]

    7. Agathafrye on said:

      I really liked this book, particularly when I could connect both the obvious and the thinly veiled Olympia area references. Miles is the kind of kid that I would have a soft spot for if he were a regular at the library. I thought the ending was a bit abrupt, and I grew slightly tired of the fawning over Angie Stegner, but other than that it was a good solid read that taught me a lot about the ecosystem in the bay. I would have given it five stars if the ending had been a little more thoughtful.

    8. Nat on said:

      Right, this is a "coming of age story" i.e it's about the enchanted quality of puberty. I'm a sucker for these stories, and I really enjoyed this book. I'm also a fan of the borderlands motif - the seams where worlds meet - and a major feature of this story is loving descriptions of tidal marine life. I think it goes well with "The curious incident of the dog in the night-time"; they're both stories of awkward boys amazed by the world, who have intellectual interests. Oh there's some sort of mes [...]

    9. Charlie Link on said:

      If you are looking for a quick read that the breaks in action are few and far between The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch is for you. Sitting at just under 250 pages it is perfect for anyone who wants to see a character act like a real person. In many novels, the protagonist is presented as a perfect human. However, Jim Lynch presents the slightly raunchy and hilarious Miles O’Malley as how a real middle school boy would act; he uses profanity, thinks like an expectedly blunt teen would and cracks j [...]

    10. Kirsten on said:

      Miles O'Malley is thirteen, small for his age, and obsessed with Rachel Carson. He knows more than anyone else about the intricate workings of the small stretch of tidal mud flats along his part of Skookumchuck Bay. His best friends are Phelps, a wannabe bad-boy 13-year-old who blows smoke rings and plays air guitar like it's an artform; Angie, his former babysitter and current crush who's now a screwed-up young woman with a rock band; and Florence, an elderly neighbor and wildly inaccurate psyc [...]

    11. Becky on said:

      I am continually surprised by what my library system offers as the "One Book, One County" reading selection. Actually I've been surprised so frequently that I really should cease being surprised.I find it hard to believe this book would have an "universal" appeal.Miles O'Malley, a 13-year old boy, who is short, an insomniac, a speed reading genius and is as in love with the older girl next door as he is with tidal pool marine life.Miles stumbles across a rare sea creature and overnight becomes a [...]

    12. Maddy on said:

      I have mixed feeling about this book. First, I will never look at the ocean or any other body of water the same again. Second, I learned a lot about marine wildlife yet a lot if the book was only that. Long periods of time of facts and observations and miles' thoughts. This made it hard too keep up with the story line.

    13. Stephanie (aka WW) on said:

      This a surprisingly thoughtful coming-of-age story. The characters are well-drawn and memorable, and the story interesting in its focus on Pacific Northwest ocean life. I'm a sucker for scientific content and Miles' mudflat findings took me back to childhood visits to tidal pools.

    14. Mary Rodeback on said:

      A compelling coming-of-age narrative set in the Pacific Northwest, this novel brings the magic of marine biology into conversation with a kind of early-teen Odyssey.

    15. Chris Hussey on said:

      A really easy read with a simple story about a boy growing up on the tidal flats of Washington state who may have mystical powers or may simply be really smart and grounded for his age. Incredible detail around water life and biodiversity which I found enticing. At its heart though, I found this book to be about how the world is changing for young people from an analog-driven, self-manufactured experience to a digital one with little actual interaction with the world. Taking place in the 1990s, [...]

    16. Mohamed Omran on said:

      As I read this book, I mainly found myself wondering why it is that EVERY ya book I read with a male main character is rife with lewd sexual comments, homophobia and racism. This seems so much less common in books with female-id'ed main characters. Honestly, it's such a turn off for me. I felt this way about Going Bovine as well. Why does this happen? Is this sort of language/content meant to appeal to young boys? It seems to just aid in the socialization of entitled men.And that is the end of t [...]

    17. Jordyn on said:

      I quite liked the book the highest tide. I could easily relate to it since he is a 13 year old and so am I. When I went on a trip to Oregon I understood the tide pools better and was actually looking for certain animals. The only reason i don’t give it five stars is because it was a little bit strange since he is a 13 year old boy going through puberty. Overall this was a great book and i learned lots from it.

    18. Aedan on said:

      The book was OK. It started out a bit boring, but eventually got better. I learned a lot of new words from this book. I also learned lots about marine biology. Did you know that a Oarfish look like serpents from the sea? I recommend this book to people who love to learn about animals. Especially marine lovers. There is sexual content in this book. Viewers discretion is advised. Hope this review helped you decide if you want to read the book or not. -Aedan Loughran

    19. Sam Cui on said:

      The book was ok. It is a weird book but there is lots of things you could learn from the book. I learned lots of new words and lots of new sea creatures. I recommend you to read this book if you like marine life. Note: There is sexual content.

    20. Grace on said:

      I really enjoyed learning about tidal life, and the plot did have some interesting moments in it, however some parts I didn’t like to read so much.

    21. Cheryl on said:

      This is the 2nd book I have read recently from the perspective of a 13 year old boy and it is a fantastic change from cynical and world weary adults. There are a thousand reasons to be cynical and world weary, I might feel that way myself from time to time, but the freshness and innocence of these books are amazing. You have to cultivate a little innocence and wonder. So I am also a marine biology/ocean geek, so I loved what I was reading about the tides and the discoveries Miles was making righ [...]

    22. Simone Cooper on said:

      This is a lyrical coming-of-age book about Miles, a Rachel Carson-obsessed, autistic-spectrum 13 year old boy who lives on the tidal flats at the southern edge of Puget Sound. It might also be a natural history; it is so infused with both love for the constantly changing world of the Sound and stunningly precise descriptions of both the sea life and the boy's internal states and growth.With his parents growing apart in ways he doesn't understand, and his best friend an elderly woman who is rapid [...]

    23. Howard Cincotta on said:

      The Highest Tide conjures a world of magic and enchantment not through creating a fantasy realm, but through minute observation and celebration of a very real and strange world – Skookumchuck in Olympia, Washington – the “soggy fog-draped bottom of the sound where the Pacific Ocean came to rest.”These tidal flats are the domain of Miles O’Malley, 13. At night, Miles straps on a headlamp and explored the fertile mud flats, collecting clams, mussels, highly prized geoducks (pronounced [...]

    24. Cassie on said:

      I read The Highest Tide immediately after reading Border Songs, even though Lynch wrote Tide first. I was, mistakenly, prepared to be disappointed. I actually recommend reading Border Songs first, otherwise that great book will seem like a letdown in comparison to The Highest Tide.Lynch likes his protagonists a certain way: nonconformists and obsessive about some aspect of the natural world. In many ways, Miles is an even better character than Brandon. As Miles endures his thirteenth summer, he [...]

    25. Bryan Winchell on said:

      This is a great book for lovers of Nature, in particular tidal areas, and people who enjoy coming-of-age stories. I think it does particularly well with the Nature stuff, and not quite as successful at the growth of the character. Perhaps it was because I wanted to finish the book, but I found the ending a tad underwhelming and wasn't sure what exact growth the character had achieved. I may have just missed it, or speed through my ability to reflect upon it, so take that with a grain of salt.Sti [...]

    26. Amy on said:

      This book was the perfect thoughtful Summer read. The protagonist is Miles O'Malley, a thirteen year old who lives in Olympia, WA, and spends most of his time on the tidal flats of the small bay where he lives.Miles reads voraciously about subjects he is passionate or curious about, including marine biology, but also sex (he is 13, after all), and touchingly visits his elderly, ailing (she has something similar to Parkinson's) neighbor lady and brings her lunches. Even though he is definitely wi [...]

    27. Jenni Pertuset on said:

      So wonderfully well-written. The voice of Miles, the 13-year-old marine-life-expert narrator was spot on. The details in what he says and thinks are even wrong in exactly the right ways. For example, he sees someone practicing "slow-motion karate" and we know both that it's tai chi and that he wouldn't know it's tai chi. The romantic/sexual yearning subplot was unnecessary (and I probably appreciated it far less because without it, this would be a fantastic book to read to my girl) and anemic, t [...]

    28. Akemi Norrish on said:

      Miles O'Malley is a 13 year old boy that is very fascinated by ocean life. Living near a bay ever since he was born, Miles knows practically everything about the sea. Discovering crazy sea creatures, he soon finds himself under a spot light. Dealing with his forever-arguing parents, saving the lives of his close friends, always being bombarded with reporters, Miles is no ordinary boy.I must admit that this book was way better than Enders Game. The story was realistic and I could picture every sc [...]

    29. Bookmarks Magazine on said:

      This remarkable debut novel is one of the reasons people keep reading: occasionally, a book by a new author comes along and knocks your socks off. Lynch, formerly the Puget Sound correspondent with Portland's Oregonian, knows his terrain and describes the Puget Sound ecology with a poetic touch. Even more impressive, he has mastered the voice__and emotions__of a teenage boy. Finally, though this novel clearly conveys the beauty and fragility of the earth around us, Lynch is never preachy or heav [...]

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