If you are looking for a book to read that’s charming, delightful, and quick, I have just the one for you- Grayson by Lynne Cox. Grayson is a baby gray whale (about 18 feet long) who is lost and Lynn, a 17 year old swimmer, who reunites Grayson with his mother (about 40 feet long). Lynn started an early morning swim practice off the coast Seal Beach, California only to find Grayson following her back and forth between the pier and the jetty. She can’t swim back to shore or he will become beached and die. Lynn describes her swimming journey, the many creatures of the ocean she encounters, and her utter delight and exhaustion in helping Grayson find his mother. Not many of us will ever play with dolphins or reach out and touch a whale, but through Cox’s writing we can get closer than we ever thought possible.
“The story is thrilling enough, but it is Cox’s poetic description of the ocean, the creatures she encounters and the life she sees all around her, that makes Grayson so captivating…. As shimmering, colorful, and thought-provoling as it is refreshing: a reminder that our world has many hidden secrets, some of them just a few hundred yards offshore.” -Long Beach Press