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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Reprint edition (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582346291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582346298
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,272,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" In stunning prose, author Jim Lynch puts sea life into a kaleidoscope where swirling shapes burst and reconfigure in continuous life-affirming wonder... The balance of elegance, groundedness and style is remarkable." -- "San Francisco"" Chronicle"
" An irresistible coming-of-age fable, dappled with lyricism, briny honesty and good humor. It's as if Carson herself (or, say, John McPhee) had turned to fiction, bringing an exacting sense of the ebb and flow of nature to the story of one largely unsupervised boy and the exploration of his surroundings." -- "Los Angeles"" Times"
" Unforgettable... [A] classic coming-of-age story, told with wry wit and quirky mating-marine-life facts." -- "Seattle"" Times"" 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 "(starred review)
" Nerdy, vulnerable, obsessive, pure, Miles has a flavor about him of Christopher... in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.".. Above all the book is blessed by a genuine sense of wonder." -- "Miami"" Herald"
" Wryly funny, achingly sad and endearingly hopeful... the kind of book you can't put down, and the kind you'll pick up again." -- "Denver"" Post"


"In stunning prose, author Jim Lynch puts sea life into a kaleidoscope where swirling shapes burst and reconfigure in continuous life-affirming wonder The balance of elegance, groundedness and style is remarkable."--"San Francisco"" Chronicle"
"An irresistible coming-of-age fable, dappled with lyricism, briny honesty and good humor. It's as if Carson herself (or, say, John McPhee) had turned to fiction, bringing an exacting sense of the ebb and flow of nature to the story of one largely unsupervised boy and the exploration of his surroundings."--"Los Angeles"" Times"
"Unforgettable [A] classic coming-of-age story, told with wry wit and quirky mating-marine-life facts."--"Seattle"" Times"
"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 "(starred review)
"Nerdy, vulnerable, obsessive, pure, Miles has a flavor about him of Christopher in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" Above all the book is blessed by a genuine sense of wonder."--"Miami"" Herald"
"Wryly funny, achingly sad and endearingly hopeful the kind of book you can't put down, and the kind you'll pick up again."--"Denver"" Post"


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In stunning prose, author Jim Lynch puts sea life into a kaleidoscope where swirling shapes burst and reconfigure in continuous life-affirming wonder The balance of elegance, groundedness and style is remarkable. "San Francisco Chronicle"

An irresistible coming-of-age fable, dappled with lyricism, briny honesty and good humor. It's as if Carson herself (or, say, John McPhee) had turned to fiction, bringing an exacting sense of the ebb and flow of nature to the story of one largely unsupervised boy and the exploration of his surroundings. "Los Angeles Times"

Unforgettable [A] classic coming-of-age story, told with wry wit and quirky mating-marine-life facts. "Seattle Times"

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 (starred review)"

Nerdy, vulnerable, obsessive, pure, Miles has a flavor about him of Christopher in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" Above all the book is blessed by a genuine sense of wonder. "Miami Herald"

Wryly funny, achingly sad and endearingly hopeful the kind of book you can't put down, and the kind you'll pick up again. "Denver Post""

About the Author

Jim Lynch spent four years as the Puget Sound reporter for the "Oregonian," and has won national journalism awards and published short fiction in literary magazines. A Washington state native, Lynch currently writes and sails from his home in Olympia, where he lives with his wife and daughter. "The Highest Tide "is his first novel.


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Set against the backdrop of Washington's Puget Sound, The Highest Tide is an exquisite coming of age story of that uses the mysteries of the life aquatic as a backdrop. Miles O'Malley is a special thirteen year old who has a talent for identifying all sorts of strange sea creatures.
Miles is somewhat of a child protégé, a speed reader from an early age, who loves to quote beloved nature writer Rachel Carson, he seems more obsessed with identifying the creatures of the tidal flats outside his home than mucking around with boys his own age. His encyclopedic knowledge of the ocean enables him to collect specimens that he sells to aquariums and to local restaurants in Olympia.
All that changes the summer before his 14th birthday, when Miles hears a strange sound. He soon finds himself face-to-face with a giant squid; a species that doesn't live anywhere near Puget Sound. Almost overnight, he's discovering other rarely seen sea creatures in the tidal flats. Suddenly, the young boy is thrust into the spotlight, quickly hailed by his community as a local hero, perhaps even a prophet.
Lately however, the winds of change have been bothering Miles. His working class parents have been hinting at divorce, His mother feels as though she's stranded in her tiny stilted house with an un-ambitious baseball fanatic who still barhops with is high school pals.
His elderly neighbor and best friend, the psychically inclined Florence, is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's, and it's not that he can't imagine losing her, but her growing feebleness fits into the fact that he senses that everything is about to shift beneath him.
Miles notices that the bay itself is seemingly shifting into something else - "a trophy view for people rich enough to build houses on the Sunset Estates.
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By A Customer on 21 Oct. 2005
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If you're looking for a novel that's easy reading but still highly intelligent, this is for you. With wholly-believable, three-dimensional characters and a story-line that's both touching and funny, you'll also find yourself fascinated by the descriptions of the weird and wonderful sea-life which forms a major part of this book. The beginning is perhaps a little slow, but stick with it. This is a fine novel that's both memorable and unique.
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By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 July 2006
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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.
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I read this on holiday - by a beach - which may partly explain why I enjoyed it so much as the story is inspired by a boy's love of the ocean. It was immediately engrossing - it brings to mind The Catcher in the Rye in the way that the central character is so well-defined. This book has made me want to go and learn about life on the shore and has also made me dig out an old copy of Catcher to re-read. I bet someone makes a film of this book - I only hope they do it justice.
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This is a good book. It's beautifully descriptive with an engaging storyline. I've seen reviews criticising the content in light of world events - but remember this is fiction. This book is a page turner - anyone with an interest in the natural world will share the protagonist's wonder at the things he sees around him, whilst still enjoying an enjoyable yarn. The author conveys thoughts and feelings of a developing young boy faced with the challenges life throws at him.
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This book sucked me in with its exquisite description, frequent humor and subtle character sketches. It's not an action-type thriller, more of a tale that just sucks you in deep. By the time I was well into it, it literally made me sad to turn the page because it meant I was that much closer to the end. It will change the way you look at the world around you. I definitely will read it again.
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A wonderfully well written book, with extremely personable characters and great warmth, shining out from page one. The author fantastically intertwines a number of contrasting subjects: from the poignant battle with human deterioration, to the mindset of young teenage boys. Both of which are blended well alongside detailed and poetic descriptions of marine life. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be passing it along to my nearest and dearest - and would definitely recommend it to you too!
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