Grayson is Lynne Cox's first book since
Swimming to Antarctica ("Riveting"Sports
Illustrated; "Pitch-perfect"Outside). In
it she tells the story of a miraculous ocean
encounter that happened to her when she was
seventeen and in training for a big swim (she had
already swum the English Channel, twice, and the
It was the dark of early morning; Lynne was in
55-degree water as smooth as black ice, two hundred
yards offshore, outside the wave break. She was
swimming her last half-mile back to the pier before
heading home for breakfast when she became aware
that something was swimming with her. The ocean was
charged with energy as if a squall was moving in;
thousands of baby anchovy darted through the water
like lit sparklers, trying to evade something
larger. Whatever it was, it felt large enough to be
a white shark coursing beneath her body.
It wasn't a shark. It became clear that it was a
baby gray whalefollowing alongside Lynne for a mile
or so. Lynne had been swimming for more than an
hour; she needed to get out of the water to rest,
but she realized that if she did, the young calf
would follow her onto shore and die from collapsed
The baby whaleeighteen feet long!was migrating on
a three-month trek to its feeding grounds in the
Bering Sea, an eight-thousand-mile journey. It would
have to be carried on its mother's back for much of
that distance, and was dependent on its mother's
milk for foodbaby whales drink up to fifty gallons
of milk a day. If Lynne didn't find the mother
whale, the baby would suffer from dehydration and
starve to death.
Something so enormousthe mother whale was fifty
feet longsuddenly seemed very small in the vast
Pacific Ocean. How could Lynne possibly find her?
This is the storypart mystery, part magical
taleof what happened . . .
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 and the green sea turtles "carrying their homes along with them like aquatic RVs". (Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
A riveting adventure celebrating the mysterious bond between a champion swimmer and one wayward calf.
The combination of retelling her once-in-a-lifetime experience with her observations on life will have timeless appeal for all ages.
Booklist - Vanessa Bush
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.
VOYA - Paula Brehm-Heeger
Although the initial chapters lack the suspense and action of the latter half of the book, teens who stick with this quiet tale of hope and perseverance will be richly rewarded.
The narrative transports readers to the majestic, wonderful world of the ocean .... Still, transforming the story of one afternoon into a book-length fable, even a short book-length fable, is a bit of a stretch .... Nonetheless, an inspirational, almost spiritual read, perfect for gift-giving.
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.
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.
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.”
John Grogan, author of Marley & Me
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.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by leopard Grayson Grayson is definitely a worthwhile book.
Adult Gray Whales weigh 30-40
tons and measure about 45 feet (14
meters); they have dark skin with gray
patches and white mottling, the calves
are born dark gray to black (sometimes
with distinctive white markings). They
are baleen whales (with a series of
130-180 fringed overlapping plates
hanging from each side of the upper jaw
in lieu of teeth), as such they feed by
drawing sediment and water into their
mouths, expelling the water and sediment
through the baleen plates, leaving the
trapped food ready to be swallowed.
Courtship and mating behavior are
complex, and frequently involve 3 or
more whales of mixed sexes (one on top
to keep the the other two down), They
make one of the longest of all mammalian
migrations averaging 10-14,000 miles
each year. In October they leave their
feeding grounds in the...
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