The Cay by Theodore Taylor

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Read Theodore Taylor’s classic bestseller and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award winner The Cay.
   Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curaçao. War has always been a game to him, and he’s eager to glimpse it firsthand–until the freighter he and his mother are traveling to the United States on is torpedoed.
   When Phillip comes to, he is on a small raft in the middle of the sea. Besides Stew Cat, his only companion is an old West Indian, Timothy. Phillip remembers his mother’s warning about black people: “They are different, and they live differently.”
    But by the time the castaways arrive on a small island, Phillip’s head injury has made him blind and dependent on Timothy.

“Mr. Taylor has provided an exciting story…The idea that all humanity would benefit from this special form of color blindness permeates the whole book…The result is a story with a high ethical purpose but no sermon.”—New York Times Book Review
 
“A taut tightly compressed story of endurance and revelation…At once barbed and tender, tense and fragile—as Timothy would say, ‘outrageous good.’”—Kirkus Reviews
 
* “Fully realized setting…artful, unobtrusive use of dialect…the representation of a hauntingly deep love, the poignancy of which is rarely achieved in children’s literature.”—School Library Journal, Starred
 
“Starkly dramatic, believable and compelling.”—Saturday Review
 
“A tense and moving experience in reading.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Eloquently underscores the intrinsic brotherhood of man.”—Booklist
 
"This is one of the best survival stories since Robinson Crusoe."—The Washington Star

· A New York Times Best Book of the Year
· A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
· A Horn Book Honor Book
· An American Library Association Notable Book
· A Publishers Weekly Children’s Book to Remember
· A Child Study Association’s Pick of Children’s Books of the Year
· Jane Addams Book Award
· Lewis Carroll Shelf Award
· Commonwealth Club of California: Literature Award
· Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People Award
· Woodward School Annual Book Award
· Friends of the Library Award, University of California at Irvine


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\Theodore Taylor has written several award-winning books. The Cay won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award and was also made into a movie.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published January 1, 1969 by AVON BOOKS. 143 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Horror, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The Cay (the award-winning 1969 novel about racial prejudice in the 1940s) is the unseen vessel in the middle of a ``prequel/sequel'' in which Taylor explores both the black man Timothy's life as it leads up to the wreck of the Hato in the Caribbean during WW II and 12-year-old Phillip Enright's ...

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Almost imperceptibly, he adjusts his stereotype of a black man to the reality of Timothy until the memory of that ugly face is gone, until with no longer grating ingenuousness he asks, ""Timothy, are you still black?"" (Better still, Timothy roars with laughter.) And then they face a storm and Ti...

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Publishers Weekly

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`` `Tis a beautiful cay, dis cay,' Timothy had said.

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BC Books

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I first read this short novel in 6th grade and was really drawn into the quick, fast read as well as the challenges 11-year old Philip and Timothy, an old black ship hand, had to face just to survive.

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Common Sense Media

But with Timothy's wise guidance, Philip learns to survive without sight, and to grow beyond his parents' racism.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Eleven-year-old Phillip has been missing for two months after disappearing into the sea in the aftermath of a torpedo strike against the ship on which he was traveling.

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Arlington Public Library

The Cay, by Theodore Taylor, is a book of survival.

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