My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is my favorite kind of story: Intriguing character I wish I could meet (13-year-old Miles O’Malley), a healthy dose of information about something I know little about (in this case, the tidal pools near Olympia, Washington) and a well-told story about a fantastic summer full of crazy happenings and discoveries, both in the tidal pools and in Miles’s personal life.
Miles’s friends include a Supreme Court Judge, his sexy, bipolar daughter Angie, a former fortune teller in rapidly declining health, and an air guitar maestro Miles hires to help him harvest clams and other sea life for his business. Miles supplies some local restaurants and other businesses with various sea creatures.
If my high school biology class had been this interesting, who knows? I might have pursued a completely different course of study. Or, at least, I’d have an office overlooking the water.