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Graysonby Lynne Cox
You'd swear from the synopsis that it's fiction, grist for an after-school special or Disney's latest blockbuster. But, no, 17-year-old long-distance swimmer Lynne Cox, training one morning off the California coast, discovered a baby gray whale that had been separated from his mother. For hours, she stayed with him, from the pier to an oil rig, under pelicans, among dolphins, and through jungles of kelp in the dark, open water, waiting for the mother's return. Cox's bighearted adventure simply leaps off the page. Grayson is one of the most invigorating books to come out of the ocean in years.
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This captivating bestseller tells the true story of a miraculous encounter between a teenaged girl and a baby whale off the coast of California. It was the dark of early morning; Lynne was swimming her last half mile back to the pier after a long workout when she became aware that something was swimming with her. The ocean was charged with energy as if a squall was moving in; whatever it was felt large enough to be a white shark coursing beneath her body.
In fact, it was a baby gray whale following alongside her. Lynne quickly realized that if she swam back to the pier, the young calf would follow her onto shore and die from collapsed lungs. On the other hand, if Lynne didn't find the mother whale, the baby would suffer from dehydration and starve to death.
Something so enormous — the mother whale would be at least fifty feet long — suddenly seemed very small in the vast Pacific Ocean. How could Lynne possibly find her?
This is the story — part mystery, part magical tale — of what happened.
"This book is moving and thrilling in its simple language as Cox laments the inadequacy of words to express profound feelings but demonstrates the exhilaration of the effort." Booklist
"An inspirational, almost spiritual read." Kirkus Reviews
"A moving and memorable story, filled with dramatic tension and loving descriptions of the sea and all the wondrous creatures it holds. Grayson is a celebration of the natural world in all its glory, and the deep and lasting effect it can have on us humans if only we pause to notice." John Grogan, author of Marley and Me
"Lynne Cox is a master of story telling: her prose captures the vast movements and deep mysteries of the ocean and the creatures for whom it is home. Everyone who reads Grayson will be enchanted and profoundly moved. Grayson is a powerful voice for conservation." Jane Goodall, Ph.D.
"Grayson would be compelling enough as a fable about a young woman and a lost whale. The fact that it's true makes the story wondrous, and unforgettable." Carl Hiaasen
"[A] simple but suspenseful narrative....This true adventure is as breathtaking as the exotic underwater life that the author describes in vivid detail." School Library Journal
One dark morning while the 17-year-old author was training for a long-distance swim, she became aware that something was swimming with her — a baby gray whale that had become separated from its mother. This is the magical, mysterious tale of how Cox miraculously reunited mother and baby.
About the Author
Lynne Cox has set records all over the world for open-water swimming. She was named a Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year, inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and honored with a lifetime achievement award from the University of California-Santa Barbara. She is the author of Swimming to Antarctica, which won an Alex Award. She lives in Los Alamitos, California.
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