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 insta ...more
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 ...more
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 dis ...more
Miles 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 commot ...more
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 m ...more
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 ...more
With his parents growing apart in ways he doesn't understand, and his best friend an elderly woman who is rapid ...more
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 “gooey-ducks ...more
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...more
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 ...more
I must admit that this book was way better than Enders Game. The story was realistic and I could picture every sc ...more
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...more
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 an ...more
I loved the main character, Miles, because I was a prairie-girl version of him. I spent all my free time either outdoors or reading (or reading outdoors). I was just as fascinated by prairie as he was by ocean. I must say, I envied his library and his contacts with academe. I was stuck with a small town library, far from any experts of any kind.
I also ...more
I say this because I like the way they incorporate science in a story to make it more interesting to the "science" people. But at the same time I found it slow because he would sometimes drone on and on about a topic that hardly needed a few sentences.
Jim Lynch is the author of the novels The Highest Tide, Border Songs and Truth Like the Sun, all of which were performed on stage and won prizes, including an Indies Choice Honor Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and a Dashiell Hammett Prize finalist. His next novel, Before the Wind, will be released in April 2016. As a newspaper reporter, Lynch has won national awards, including t ...more