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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; seventeen-year-old Lynne Cox 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. Lynne quickly realized that if she swam back to the pier, the young calf would follow her to 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. This is the story--part mystery, part magical tale--of what happened.
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  • Paperback | 153 pages
  • 127 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Maps
  • 0156034670
  • 9780156034678
  • 285,403

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This captivating bestseller tells the true story of a miraculous encounter between a teenage 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 to shore and die from collapsed lungs.But 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."
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Praise for Grayson
"Don t believe in interspecies communication? Grayson, author Cox s moving memoir about the lost baby whale she encountered when she was 17, just might change your mind."--People
"An account of courage and adventure artfully rendered with the joy, wonder, and suspense it deserves." The Boston Globe
"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." The New York Times
"Cox unfurls a shining hydrography of the waterscape . . . She is a canny observer of her watery surroundings, a plain-spoken natural historian of its citizens, and a rhapsodist of its fearful magic." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A joyful and charming tale." The Christian Science Monitor"
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Praise for GRAYSON: "Don't believe in interspecies communication? Grayson, author Cox's moving memoir about the lost baby whale she encountered when she was 17, just might change your mind."--People

"An account of courage and adventure artfully rendered with the joy, wonder, and suspense it deserves."--The Boston Globe

"A riveting adventure celebrating the mysterious bond between a champion swimmer and one wayward calf."--Elle

"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."--The New York Times Praise for GRAYSON:
"Don t believe in interspecies communication? Grayson, author Cox s moving memoir about the lost baby whale she encountered when she was 17, just might change your mind."--People
"An account of courage and adventure artfully rendered with the joy, wonder, and suspense it deserves." The Boston Globe
"A riveting adventure celebrating the mysterious bond between a champion swimmer and one wayward calf."--Elle
"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." The New York Times" Praise for GRAYSON:
"Don t believe in interspecies communication? "Grayson, " author Cox s moving memoir about the lost baby whale she encountered when she was 17, just might change your mind."--"People"
"An account of courage and adventure artfully rendered with the joy, wonder, and suspense it deserves." "The Boston Globe"
"A riveting adventure celebrating the mysterious bond between a champion swimmer and one wayward calf."--"Elle"
"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." "The New York Times"" Praise for GRAYSON:
"Don't believe in interspecies communication? "Grayson, " author Cox's moving memoir about the lost baby whale she encountered when she was 17, just might change your mind."--"People"
"An account of courage and adventure artfully rendered with the joy, wonder, and suspense it deserves."--"The Boston Globe"
"A riveting adventure celebrating the mysterious bond between a champion swimmer and one wayward calf."--"Elle"
"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."--"The New York Times" Praise for GRAYSON:

"Don't believe in interspecies communication? "Grayson, " author Cox's moving memoir about the lost baby whale she encountered when she was 17, just might change your mind."--"People"

"An account of courage and adventure artfully rendered with the joy, wonder, and suspense it deserves."--"The Boston Globe"

"A riveting adventure celebrating the mysterious bond between a champion swimmer and one wayward calf."--"Elle"

"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."--"The New York Times" Praise for GRAYSON:
"Don't believe in interspecies communication? "Grayson, " author Cox's moving memoir about the lost baby whale she encountered when she was 17, just might change your mind."--"People"
"An account of courage and adventure artfully rendered with the joy, wonder, and suspense it deserves."Â "The Boston Globe"
"A riveting adventure celebrating the mysterious bond between a champion swimmer and one wayward calf."--"Elle"
"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."Â "The New York Times" "Realmente para lectores de todas las edades. Una fabula y una experiencia, gracias no solo al espiritu hermoso y generoso de la autora, sino tambien a su increible don para describir a la naturaleza."
--"Anne Rice" " Realmente para lectores de todas las edades. Una fa bula y una experiencia, gracias no so lo al espi ritu hermoso y generoso de la autora, sino tambie n a su increi ble don para describir a la naturaleza" .
-- "Anne Rice" " An account of courage and adventure artfully rendered with the joy, wonder, and suspense it deserves."
- "Boston Sunday Globe" " Cox writes with grace and sensitivity. What an amazing woman."
- Sandy Bauers, "The Philadelphia Inquirer"

" [An] endearing memoir and real-life fable."
- John Marshall, "Seattle Post-Intelligencer"

" [A] moving, mystical memoir... "
- "People"

" "Grayson "is a beautifully made book . . . and as shimmering, colorful and thought-provoking as it is refreshing."
- Richard Irwin, "Long Beach Press-Telegram"

" An extraordinary adventure artfully retold with all the joy, wonder, and suspense it deserves."
- Amanda Heller, "The Boston Globe"

" Wonderfully sweet."
- "Vogue"
" A riveting adventure celebrating the mysterious bond between a champion swimmer and one wayward calf."
- "Elle"
" [Grayson] leads to a tear-wrenching conclusion that could only have been lived- and written- by a woman unafraid to challenge the unknown in nothing but her swimsuit."
- "Bookpage"
" Lyrical . . . Mystical."
- "Library Journal"
" "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 story of remarkable simplicity and charm. A young swimmer invites us into sea off the coast of California where through her eyes we see an entire realm of creatures we have never known so intimately before. Trulyfor people of all ages, Lynne Cox's adventure with the baby whale, Grayson, becomes a parable and an experience, thanks not only to the author's great and generous spirit, but through her immense gift for describing nature."
-- Anne Rice
" 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., DBE
Founder -- the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
www.janegoodall.org
" 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 & Me"
" A beautiful true story of interspecies communication where the human and the whale mind connected."
-- Temple Grandin, author of "Animals in Translation"
" The combination of retelling her once-in-a-lifetime experience with her observations on life will have timeless appeal for all ages."
-- "Publishers Weekly"
" "Grayson "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"

"From the Hardcover edition." "An account of courage and adventure artfully rendered with the joy, wonder, and suspense it deserves."
-"Boston Sunday Globe" "Cox writes with grace and sensitivity. What an amazing woman."
-Sandy Bauers, "The Philadelphia Inquirer"

"�An� endearing memoir and real-life fable."
-John Marshall, "Seattle Post-Intelligencer"

"�A� moving, mystical memoir..."
-"People"

""Grayson "is a beautifully made book . . . and as shimmering, colorful and thought-provoking as it is refreshing."
-Richard Irwin, "Long Beach Press-Telegram"

"An extraordinary adventure artfully retold with all the joy, wonder, and suspense it deserves."
-Amanda Heller, "The Boston Globe"

"Wonderfully sweet."
-"Vogue"
"A riveting adventure celebrating the mysterious bond between a champion swimmer and one wayward calf."
-"Elle"
"�Grayson� leads to a tear-wrenching conclusion that could only have been lived-and written-by a woman unafraid to challenge the unknown in nothing but her swimsuit."
-"Bookpage"
"Lyrical . . . Mystical."
-"Library Journal"
""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 story of remarkable simplicity and charm. A young swimmer invites us into sea off the coast of California where through her eyes we see an entire realm of creatures we have never known so intimately before. Truly for people of all ages, Lynne Cox's adventure with the baby whale, Grayson, becomes a parable and an experience, thanks not only to the author's great and generous spirit, but through her immense gift for describing nature."
--Anne Rice
"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., DBE
Founder -- the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
www.janegoodall.org
"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 & Me"
"A beautiful true story of interspecies communication where the human and the whale mind connected."
--Temple Grandin, author of "Animals in Translation"
"The combination of retelling her once-in-a-lifetime experience with her observations on life will have timeless appeal for all ages."
--"Publishers Weekly"
""Grayson "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"

"From the Hardcover edition." "Wonderfully sweet."
-"Vogue"
"A riveting adventure celebrating the mysterious bond between a champion swimmer and one wayward calf."
-"Elle"
"[Grayson] leads to a tear-wrenching conclusion that could only have been lived-and written-by a woman unafraid to challenge the unknown in nothing but her swimsuit."
-"Bookpage"
"Lyrical . . . Mystical."
-"Library Journal"
""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 story of remarkable simplicity and charm. A young swimmer invites us into sea off the coast of California where through her eyes we see an entire realm of creatures we have never known so intimately before. Truly for people of all ages, Lynne Cox's adventure with the baby whale, Grayson, becomes a parable and an experience, thanks not only to the author's great and generous spirit, but through her immense gift for describing nature."
--Anne Rice
"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., DBE
Founder -- the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
www.janegoodall.org
"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 & Me"
"A beautiful true story of interspecies communication where the human and the whale mind connected."
--Temple Grandin, author of "Animals in Translation"
"The combination of retelling her once-in-a-lifetime experience with her observations on life will have timeless appeal for all ages."
--"Publishers Weekly"
""Grayson "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" "From the Hardcover edition." ""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 story of remarkable simplicity and charm. A young swimmer invites us into sea off the coast of California where through her eyes we see an entire realm of creatures we have never known so intimately before. Truly for people of all ages, Lynne Cox's adventure with the baby whale, Grayson, becomes a parable and an experience, thanks not only to the author's great and generous spirit, but through her immense gift for describing nature."
--Anne Rice
"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., DBE
Founder -- the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
www.janegoodall.org
"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 & Me"
"A beautiful true story of interspecies communication where the human and the whale mind connected."
--Temple Grandin, author of "Animals in Translation"
"The combination of retelling her once-in-a-lifetime experience with her observations on life will have timeless appeal for all ages."
--"Publishers Weekly"
""Grayson "is movingand 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" "From the Hardcover edition." "A story of remarkable simplicity and charm. A young swimmer invites us into sea off the coast of California where through her eyes we see an entire realm of creatures we have never known so intimately before. Truly for people of all ages, Lynne Cox's adventure with the baby whale, Grayson, becomes a parable and an experience, thanks not only to the author's great and generous spirit, but through her immense gift for describing nature."
--Anne Rice
"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., DBE
Founder -- the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
www.janegoodall.org
"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 & Me"
"A beautiful true story of interspecies communication where the human and the whale mind connected."
--Temple Grandin, author of "Animals in Translation"
"The combination of retelling her once-in-a-lifetime experience with her observations on life will have timeless appeal for all ages."
--"Publishers Weekly"
""Grayson "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"
"Aninspirational, almost spiritual read."
--"Kirkus Reviews" "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., DBE
Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
"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 & Me"
"A beautiful true story of interspecies communication where the human and the whale mind connected."
-Temple Grandin, author of "Animals in Translation"
"The combination of retelling her once-in-a-lifetime experience with her observations on life will have timeless appeal for all ages."
-"Publishers Weekly"
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