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Grayson is Lynne Cox’s first book since Swimming to Antarctica (“Riveting”—Sports Illustrated; “Pitch-perfect”—Outside). In it she tells the story of a miraculous ocean encounter that happened to her when she was seventeen and in training for a big swim (she had already swum the English Channel, twice, and the Catalina Channel).

It was the dark of early morning; Lynne was i
ebook, 160 pages
Published May 4th 2011 by Knopf (first published 2006)
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Kwesi 章英狮
Jul 21, 2011 Kwesi 章英狮 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, lynne-cox, 2011
This is a good book about a teenage girl and a grey whale swimming with her in the nearby coast of California. This is a true account of the author, Lynne Cox, an international swimmer athlete and and her short expedition with Grayson, the lost baby gray whale.

This is a thin book talking about her early swimming workout every morning and how she save a gray whale from losing his family. This is an extraordinary book, although it was short, you can see that the author really wrote it very well (w
Kai Ryujin
May 04, 2012 Kai Ryujin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own
Sometimes, It's not about the's not about the words's not about the author. Sometimes, it is about the journey that it took you through. Sometimes it is about trying to feel what the characters in the story feel. Sometimes it is about raw imagination. Sometimes it is about taking more of yourself to really appreciate the story behind the words.

Swimming alone is among the greatest gift in life. But to have the opportunity to encounter and swim with a whale, spending time with
Apr 29, 2016 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
"This captivating best seller tells the true story of a miraculous encounter between a teenage girl and a baby whale off the coast of California."

"Together [Cox and Grayson] journey to the eventual mother-and-child reunion through a fantastical world of giant ocean sunfish, bat rays with five-foot wingspans and a school of dolphins."

I read this book at one go, mostly because it's not very dense, nor is it very captivating. The plot is well-known, of course: the baby gray whale has become separat
Jun 25, 2009 amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Years ago, Lynne was up early for her morning workout in the Pacific and finds herself being followed by a baby gray whale, separated from its mother. So, she and several others in the community set out to reunite Grayson (the baby gray) with his mother. Most of the story details the rare and unexpected life she finds deep in the ocean while searching for the mother whale.

Unfortunately, I didn't think the story lived up to all of the rave reviews I got before I picked it up. Her encounters with
May 17, 2007 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although I really enjoy non-fiction, I found this book tedious. To be honest, I didn't even finish it. A good friend told me, "Life's too short to read stuff you don't like," and I took that to heart.

My problem with the book is Cox's style: the book sounds like a high school kid wrote it. Granted, she was 17 when it happened, but that doesn't excuse her writing.
Oct 21, 2011 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: whale lovers
Recommended to Mark by: its title
An account of a swimmer, the author, and her encounter with a baby Gray whale and the exertions and efforts she and many others took to reunite him with his mother. A very easy and quick read but nonetheless moving for all that. In picking this up I had thought it might be more lovely in its descriptions but I found it rather pedestrian in its style but then she is a swimmer not a poet. It was very impressive however in its relating of the efforts those disparate people made in order to stop the ...more
Erin Rouleau
Mar 26, 2008 Erin Rouleau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED! I so needed to read such an uplifting story like this. I forgot how amazing animals can be. I mean I didn't forget forget, but I forgot the amount of unspoken connected divine love they can show. I can't wait to make my neice read this. Even though this book is written for adults, I think it would have such a great impact on young adults and she included so many analogies for great life lessons. It was a nice reminder for what the power of thought can do and how positive tho ...more
Irene McHugh
Sep 22, 2015 Irene McHugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
One of my teacher friends recommended this quick read to me saying it was not great literature, but it was a sweet inspiring story of this amazing athlete and her journey with this lost baby gray whale. I think my teacher friend may be under the impression that I read a great deal of fancy pants literature, which I do not. While I am not a sports person, I still decided to give this story a try.

I have not categorized any books as a book by a female author for my 2015 Reading Challenge, and as so
Sep 26, 2007 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is based on a fascinating true story and there are many beautiful moments recounted throughout; however, I didn't like the way the narrative was continually interrupted with rambling and repetitive asides. But the actual, physical book itself (I esp. love the jacket and trim size) is beautiful and a real testament to wonderful book-making.
Sep 03, 2013 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, nonfiction, 2013
If you're an animal lover or just enjoy nature in general, I recommend this to you. The author's talent for vivid description was what I liked most about this book, which is about her encounter with a baby whale while training off the California coast (she had swum the English Channel by the time she was 15 years old). She seems to have remembered every detail of those hours when she swam with the baby gray whale, searching for its mother; I enjoyed reading about the many animals she encountered ...more
Aug 03, 2009 Ralph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Seventy-five percent of our planet is water, can you swim?" ~Author Unknown

Grayson is a true story of a long-distance swimmer (Lynne Cox) who while training off the California coast encounters a baby whale who has lost its mother. She is afraid that if she returns to the shore the whale will follow, so she sets out to try to help it find its mother.

It sounded like an interesting story, but to me it just didn't feel like there was enough content to merit a 148-page book (she spent a couple pa
Mar 27, 2014 Mikayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There's something frightening, and magical, about being on the ocean, moving between the heaven and the earth, knowing that you can encounter anything on your journey." A daily swim at five in the morning, seventeen year old Lynne Cox is training in Seal Beach, California. About half a mile from the pier, Cox encounters a lost baby whale, 'Grayson' that changes her perspective on everything. As they search for the mother with some help from a friend they discover un-believable places that no on ...more
Aug 21, 2013 Jana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Though inspirational and quite moving, the way in which the story was told was quite juvenile and, I think, deserved a far more colorful language. True, this book is filled to the brim with descriptions of naval animals, all of which are actually quite enthralling (maybe even more so if I was, you know, actually interested in the subject); but when Lynne Cox isn't describing naval animals, she's going off on this weird metaphysical crap about thoughts and how it attracts positive and negative en ...more
Doriana Bisegna
Oct 31, 2013 Doriana Bisegna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lynne Cox is one of those people that have you convinced that they are somewhat superhuman, invincible, multi-talented and yet manage to stay connected with the universe! After reading Swimming to Antarctica, years ago, I realized that she was a pretty amazing individual and decided to pick up this little beauty called Greyson! During one of her morning's swims in the ocean...she encounters a baby whale that has lost his mother! The whole book is about that morning swim and her insistence that s ...more
Jan 12, 2015 Kayla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story makes me very jealous and wish that something like this would happen to me. With that said, this would never happen to me because I've lived by an ocean and ocean swimming is difficult and somewhat scary. Not to mention, COLD. So you wouldn't find me ocean swimming at 5:30 in the morning EVER.

On to the book review. This was a very simple read. Almost too simple to the point where it wasn't very captivating. There were also so many awesome things that happened to her in that short per
Jun 26, 2008 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun book to read. Besides being a great story about a teenage swimmer trying to help a baby whale find his mom and being full of beautifully written descriptions of the ocean and creatures that live in it, it is also full of little chunks of wisdom.

"Sometimes...the important things take time, sometimes they don't happen all at once, sometimes answers come out of time and struggle, and learning. Sometimes you just have to try again in a different way."

"I believe that each of us ha
Ellison Huang
Jun 01, 2016 Ellison Huang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any animal lover-wales in particular, swimmers, and anyone in search on a emotion packed book
Recommended to Ellison by: Rebecca Bethlendy
This was an amazing book about a true section of Lynne Cox. Lynne Cox is a great swimmer and has swan to Antarctica, around Cape Horn, and in the Nile. Each of her swims creates a new memory, some she will never forget. In this book, Lynne meets a gray whale. This memoir is about her spirit, courage, and determination to help a lost gray whale that follows her around. In this book, you can feel the love and empathy that Lynne felt that day. Through the book Lynne feel panic, happiness, determina ...more
Jun 02, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I love to hear people's stories and to feel swept up in the adventurous spirit of their experience. Lynne Cox, who has set records all over the world for open water swimming, had an encounter with a baby gray whale off the coast of California when she was 17 years old. The whole story is mind boggling and inspiring, simply and beautifully told. It is also a lovely portrait of sea life and a magical mother-and-child reunion.
Kayrene Smither
May 27, 2016 Kayrene Smither rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction-bio
What an incredible story! How lucky anyone would be to encounter a whale. But, Lynne made the most of it; stuck with it, trying to help. And due to her training and strength in the water she was able to do that. Won't give the story away! This is a treasure of a book! Want to read her other ones.
Jul 19, 2014 Izzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I absolutely adored this book. It's uplifting and cutely written. The author has such detailed writing, i felt like i was actually there with her having this amazing whale experience. Just recently i had my first experience with a dolphin, and this brought me back to how amazing it felt to be that close to such a beautiful water creature.
Elena :)
Oct 24, 2012 Elena :) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Grayson"By Lynne Cox
"Grayson"was a book I thought wasn't good because it was just boring and had nothing in it that made me want to read it.This short read memoir is about Lynne when she was 17 training for a swim meet in the Atlantic Ocean at 5am. She was training during the time of year where whales migrate to a warmer body of water. When her training was almost over she encountered a baby gray whale that she named Grayson who's lost its mom. Will Lynne find Graysons mom and let him migrate?
Aug 07, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was on the bookshelf at the guest cottage where I'm staying, and it was pretty enough to be irresistible (I'm easy that way). Not particularly well-written—more like an extended version of one of those heart-warming/amazing animal stories people link to on Facebook—but it was short and the story was quite charming, and I enjoyed the ocean life descriptions.

Here's a good example of a book I would have put down after the first few pages if I were reading it as an e-book, but I loved holding
Jul 31, 2016 Cait rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wobble2016
This was a fast and pretty sweet read. Any animal lover will probably find it interesting.

It got a little um...heavy handed with the new-agey hoity toity hippy "feel the love vibes, bro" type crap near the middle. I definitely rolled my eyes a few times but... I mean it's a whale story. Who doesn't love whales enough to put up with hippies? Everyone loves whales.
Mar 31, 2013 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a beautiful story! Lynne's story of the time she shared the ocean with Grayson and so many other sea creatures was written so vividly that I felt like I was in the water with them. As she described the cold, I felt like I was shivering with her. And don't get me started on the exhaustion I felt as she talked about how long and far she was swimming! I couldn't imagine! But it all seemed to pay off when she met Grayson's mother. The connection she made with those whales was so amazin ...more
Jun 13, 2012 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lynne Cox is a member of the Swimming Hall of Fame and the author of Swimming to Antarctica. In 1975, when she was 17 years old, she was completing a training swim off the coast of California and
and she was about to return to shore when she realized that a baby whale was following her. Obviously the baby whale had become separated from its mother and Cox understood that if she left the ocean, the baby would probably beach itself. Cox stayed in the 55 degree ocean for 3 hours until she successful
Sep 22, 2015 Enid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this with my daughter. She loved it and couldn't believe it was a true story. A very interesting read, and quite enjoyable.
Linda Lipko
Long on the to be read list I finally had time to read this one. When the author was 17 years old and preparing for long distance swim races, while swimming in the ocean in Seal Beach, California, she was followed by a baby gray whale.

The baby whale could not find his mother. Realizing it was up to her to rescue the whale, she swam many miles paving a safe route for the baby in the prayer and hope that his mother could be reunited.

This is lyrically written and a testimony to courage and the love
I read this on our one-day trip to Nantucket. The story of how the baby gray whale found a swimming human who spent many hours in the water to prevent him from accidentally beaching himself is a great moment in human-animal interaction. The fact that 17-year-old Lynne Cox tried to telepathically call out to the whales is endearing, regardless whether it worked or not. Overall, it sounds like Grayson saved himself by diving deep to communicate with his mother. I wonder if the gaggles of other sea ...more
Mar 23, 2014 GONZA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
La storia in breve è quella di una nuotatrice di fondo di 17 anni che rimorchia un cucciolo di balena grigia, Grayson, il quale, per qualche strana ragione ,smette di seguire la madre e comincia a nuotare dietro la ragazza.A prescindere dal fatto che resto traumatizzata ogni volta che vado a vedere i pesci nell'acquario e che mi turbano i lattarini nell'acqua di Senigallia, proprio la descrizione dello spostamento d'acqua e la grandezza di mamma e figlio (15 + 4 metri, quasi venti metri di pesci ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10 years old +, and adults any age.
Shelves: all-ages
I thought this book was fiction, then found out later that it's actually a true story lived by the author. Wow.

Seventeen-year old Lynne is preparing for a long-distance swim, she wakes up every morning at 6am to train off the California coast.

On this particular day she feels a huge presence under her in the black icy water. She only realises later that a baby whale was separated from its mother, and has been following her during her swim.

She can no longer return to the shore, but has to stay in
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Lynne Cox is an American long-distance open-water swimmer and writer.
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