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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...more
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Published May 4th 2011 by Knopf (first published 2006)
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Kwesi 章英狮
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...more
Kai Kuzuri
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...more
"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...more
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...more
Oct 21, 2011 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
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
"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 pag...more
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
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.
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
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
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...more
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
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 :)
"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?...more
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...more
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
Just read it with my fifth grade son, who's into non-fiction about animals interacting with humans. It wasn't written as young-adult book but works fine as one. We really enjoyed it and learned a lot. Looking for more books like this! Suggestions welcome.
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...more
"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
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
Mar 26, 2008 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: though it's not exactly the same, anyone who likes naturalists' books: annie dillard, john mcphee
This is a memoir about a few transformative hours, decades ago, that seemed like a lifetime. Lynne Cox, a long-distance open-water swimmer, met a stranded baby whale during a Pacific workout early one morning. She takes on responsibility for leading the whale back to her mother, drawing wondrous details about the creatures and textures around her in the open water.
Susan Poling
Apr 30, 2008 Susan Poling rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pam Kurkowski
Recommended to Susan Poling by: Kate Parker (sister)
Shelves: nonfiction
You have got to read this book: The story of a long distance swimmer who is befriended by a baby whale. The swimmer can't go to the shore 'cuz the whale will die on the beach, so she goes in search of the mother whale with the baby playing and following. Perhaps the most amazing thing about this story is that it is true.
Joanne Chantelau
I surprised myself by buying this book; warm and fuzzy stories about animals are not my thing. However, when I read the first lines of the book at the bookstore ("There's something frightening, and magical, about being on the ocean, moving between the heavens and the earth, knowing that you can encounter anything on your journey. The stars had set. the sea and sky were inky black ..."), I was drawn to its poetry the way I'm drawn to the ocean, which I love. I read this simple book in one sitting...more
A sweet story about a swimmer and a whale. I honestly think it would have been better either as an illustrated book (short graphic novel or children's book), a short film, or at least a shorter version of itself. 148 pages was way too long. And, I'm sorry Lynne Cox, the writing style is just not particularly good. By that I guess I mean it is very repetitive and didn't seem well thought-out. There were a lot paragraphs of rhetorical questions, and so many "the X was Y as Z" analogies throughout....more
Mike Smith
Wow! Beautiful picture of the ocean, life, endurance, love, friendship, colors, mothers and sons, beauty and vitality.

An evening of smiles is guaranteed with this book. Multiple evenings if you manage to put it down. I didn't.
Marilyn Watkins
I loved this little will make your heart smile and give you a deeper love of all the great creatures in our world
This book crossed my radar three times this week: First at one bookstore where I work, then in conversation with a neighbor, then at the other bookstore where I work. So I picked it up and read it. Quick, absorbing. I never read so fast. A lovely little bite. So many vivid descriptions of the ocean and its rhythms, colors, currents, creatures, temperatures... It made me want to be a swimmer, like when she describes how the sounds of the city permeate the water along the coast, how the water carr...more
BAYA Librarian
Y B/A In this captivating memoir, the author recalls the time when, as a teenager swimming in off the coast of California, the life of a baby gray whale rested entirely with her. Lynne was in the last stretch of her morning workout when she felt a "presence" all around her; something was swimming with her. It was a baby gray whale that had adopted her in the absence of its own mother. Although extremely tired and hungry, if Lynne headed back now, the calf would follow her and become grounded, su...more
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