This is a story about a 13yr old boy who has an immense love for marine life. Miles lives near Puget Sound and spends his time searching the shore at low tide for oddities to collect and sell onto aquariums. Whilst out one morning, he makes a remarkable discovery - a giant squid. Upon finding this rare creature - and he claims it was still alive when he first came across it - he instantly becomes a local celebrity. His knowledge of the sea astounds reporters, and it is with the above quote that Miles captures the imagination of his community. As he continues to make discoveries, and his fame grows, Miles beins to fear that the world as he is used to it is changing. This is a beautiful coming of age story which uses the sea as a breath-taking backdrop.
There is much more to this book than I have described. It really is a book to escape into. Reading it, it made me want to go off to the sea and explore the world that he so eloquently describes. In fact, I have looked up the works by Miles's role model, Rachel Carson. This is a very well written book. The passion that Miles has for the sea comes across very well, but there are also times of humour and tension. Miles's feelings towards his ex-babysitter are touching, as is the friendship he shares with Florence, an elderly psychic. His relationship with both his mum and dad are also very well observed.
This is a great read. The perfect summer book.