Grayson / Lynne Cox.

Main Author: Cox, Lynne, 1957-
Published: New York : A. A. Knopf, 2006.
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Review by Booklist Review

Cox, author of Swimming to Antarctica (2004), looks back to an unforgettable experience when she was 17 years old, training for a long-distance swim. In the darkness of 5 a.m., outside the water break on California's coast, she encountered something swimming in the water with her. She felt something beneath her and worried that it might be a shark. It turned out to be a baby gray whale. She realized that the 18-foot-long whale, which she called Grayson, had lost his mother on their travel to the feeding grounds in the Bering Sea. How could she help? Growing tired in the 55-degree water, Cox held on, communicating with Grayson, expanding her optimism as wide as the vast ocean, praying for the mother whale's return. In this lyrical little book, Cox vividly describes the sights and sounds of the ocean, oil rigs, and the city nearby, the speed and amplification of sound underwater. She recalls being caught in the lip of a wave and pulled into its mouth, the loneliness and keen awareness of danger to herself and the young whale. They encounter dolphins, jelly fish, pelicans and other aquatic life, as well as a host of humans cheering on their efforts. 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. --Vanessa Bush Copyright 2006 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In a slim but rich narrative, the author describes her encounter with a baby whale when she was 17 and completing her regular swim off Seal Beach, CA. When Cox realizes that the creature that has been following her is not a shark, but a lost baby whale, she decides to lead her to its mom. Cox has to resist the cold waters, fatigue, and hunger, but with the help of fishermen and her outstanding courage, she saves the creature. This experience marked her deeply and created a spiritual foundation for the rest of her life. The Spanish version of this book translates the author's impressive ability to describe nature in clean and simple language. Recommended for libraries and bookstores. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

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Review by Library Journal Review

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-In a simple but suspenseful narrative, the author recounts her mystical encounter with a baby whale and his mother on a March morning 30 years ago. Then 17 years old, Cox was just completing her swim off Seal Beach, CA, and heading toward shore when the ocean became unusually rough and swarming with small fish. A large animal that she at first mistook for a shark was swimming just beneath her. In fact, it was an 18-foot-long baby gray whale. Cox was frightened and then enchanted by the playful creature that seemed to want to follow her to shore, an act that would be fatal for him. She developed an emotional bond with the whale she calls Grayson, guiding him away from the shore. Both teen and calf were hungry, fatigued, and dehydrated, but Cox, frozen to the bone in 55-degree water, was determined to find the baby's mother. With incredible optimism and courage, and the guidance and encouragement of nearby fishermen and lifeguards, Cox finally united Grayson with his huge, barnacled parent. This true adventure is as breathtaking as the exotic underwater life that the author describes in vivid detail.-Jackie Gropman, Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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