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Grayson

By Lynne Cox

Grayson
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  • Hardcover: Aug 2006,
    160 pages.
    Paperback: Feb 2008,
    160 pages.

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The true story of long-distance swimmer Lynne Cox's ocean encounter with an 18-foot baby whale

I opened this little book (160 small pages) with a certain degree of trepidation because animal stories, whether they be tales of favored pets or encounters in the wild, are a mixed bag. My worries didn't last long - Grayson is a pure delight that reads like a fable but is actually true. At the center of the story is Lynne Cox, now a renowned long-distance swimmer, but then just a 17-years-old out for a practice swim early one morning in the waters off Seal Beach in Southern California.

The whale tale forms the center of the story but, for me, it was the bit players that stole the show - the rays wallowing in the warm water under the pier, the sun fish snoozling close to the legs of the oil rig, the green sea turtles "carrying their homes along with them like aquatic RVs" and the herd of dolphins vying ...

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At age 9 Lynne Cox began her swimming career in Manchester, NH with the Manchester Swim Team. Her coach was Ben Muritt, the Harvard University coach. At age 12, Lynne moved with her family to Los Alamitos California where she began training with Don Gambril, coach of four US Olympic Swim teams.

When she was 14 she swam across the Catalina Channel with a group of teenagers from Seal Beach, California. They swam a distance of 27 miles in 12 hours and 36 minutes. The following year (1972) she swam across the English Channel and shattered the men's and women's world records with a time of 9 hours and 57 minutes. A year later she returned to England and broke the men's ...

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