The Highest Tide

The Highest Tide

A Novel

Book - 2006 | Paperback edition
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Over the course of a single summer, thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley, a young boy with a fascination for the sea, copes with the trials of growing up, his infatuation with the girl next door, bickering parents, and his fear that his life and his beloved Puget Sound are slipping away from him.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2006, ©2005
Edition: Paperback edition
ISBN: 1582346291 (pbk.)
9781582346298 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: FIC LYNCH
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 01, 2016

The highest tide was... interesting. It tells the tale of Miles O'Malley, a 13 year old who lives at the shores of Skookumchuck bay, near Olympia Washington. He loves sea life, science, and Angie, a twentysomething girl who used to babysit Miles. Al of the characters in this book are stereotypes. There is the Nerd, the Psychic Old Lady, the John Green Girl, her Boyfriend, the Horny Tough Guy Who Smokes and Swears, the Negligent Parents with Lots of Problems, the Mad Scientist, and a Cult. I couldn't stand it for the longest time, although I've come to realize that that's just a part of a larger metaphor. Not the best story I've read, but it's not as bad as I thought it would be.

Nov 20, 2013

I loved this book. One of those savory stories with excellent writing and a gorgeous setting. It's a book that invites you to share it's curiosity about the natural world. I learned some things about the ocean and how easy it is to miss things when you're not looking.

Jan 20, 2013

This book has a juvenile main character that even Rachel Carson would love. Describes the west coast life and characters beautifully. Have read it a number of times and enjoy it every time.

Jul 27, 2012

The story of a 13 year old boy on Puget Sound. It is inspiring about marine life and an all round nice story.

Jul 23, 2012

Loved the story, loved the characters, loved the setting, loved the writing style!

vickiboo Jan 22, 2011

Set in the author’s hometown of Olympia, Washington, this novel covers one summer in the life of Rachel Carson-obsessed insomniac thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley. Miles’ consuming interest is the diverse and teaming sea life of Skookumchuck Bay. When he discovers, in quick succession, two rare and bizarre creatures – a giant squid and a ragfish - the media descends and Miles reluctantly becomes a local celebrity. Although Miles worries about his parents’ separation, his huge crush on his former babysitter and the increasing illness of an elderly friend, what dominates the story is the sea and its mysteries. A good read for both adults and teens.


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