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Library Book: The Cay [Paperback]

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Item description for Library Book: The Cay by Theodore Taylor...

Follows the adventures, joys, and heartaches of a privileged and prejudiced Dutch boy stranded on a remote tropical island with a kindly and wise West Indian, following an enemy attack on a boat leaving Curacao.

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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 Curacao. 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"
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"A tense and moving experience in reading."--"Publishers Weekly"
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"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

"From the Hardcover edition."

Citations And Professional Reviews
Library Book: The Cay by Theodore Taylor has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Ingram Children's Advance - 05/01/2001 page 59

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Yearling
Pages   137
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.4" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.24 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 23, 2010
Publisher   Yearling
Age  10-14
ISBN  0440416639  
ISBN13  9780440416630  
UPC  071009005501  

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Loreen Leedy is the author/illustrator of many children's books, including It's Probably Penny and Mapping Penny's World. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, she majored in art in college but wasn't sure what kind of artist she wanted to be. She started out making jewelry in the shape of pigs, cats, dragons, and other animals, and then one day she started making book characters out of her animals. She is skilled at making concepts fun and accessible to children, and often speaks at conferences and in schools throughout the United States. She lives with her husband in central Florida.

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I was forced to read it!!!  May 13, 2008
Oh my God! This book was so boring. I would have rather watched grass grow. The characters were not likable at all. I found myself cheering when Timothy died. There are many dessciptions of Phillip clutched to Timothy's naked body. So many of these referances that my friends and I started calling it "The Gay". The racial thing wasn't that big a deal. Like OMG!! Phillip dosen't like black people, now he does! I'm shaking from the experiance. DON'T READ IT.
PCE Student Review  Apr 27, 2008
My favorite book is The Cay. The author is Theodore Taylor. The reason why I like this book is because it's all about adventure, and you never know what will happen next. My favorite part is when Phillip gets hit in the head, and when he looks at the sun too long, and he realizes he is blind. The author wrote very good details about what happened to Phillip and Timothy on the cay. I would recommend The Cay to anyone who likes adventure. When I read The Cay I never wanted to stop reading it. It has so many adventures, and things in it. You will never want to stop reading it too.
PCE Student Review  Apr 27, 2008
I like the book The Cay because it is adventure. The book is about a boy named Phillip that goes on a ship with his family and then the ship gets sunk. The next thing he knows is that he is on a rubber raft with a African American man named Timothy. He goes on an island and Timothy dies by a hurricane. But Phillip survives because Timothy risked his life to save Phillips life. Phillip survived on the cay by fishing with the poles that Timothy made for him before he died. Later on he heard a airplane and then set a fire to get the planes attention. Then he put sea grapes in the fire that started smoke and later he was rescued by a ship. I recommend this book for children that are 9 or older. And that is why I like this book because it is a adventure.
The Cay Review  Apr 9, 2008
In the book "The Cay" by Theodore Taylor, a blind young boy gets shipwrecked on an island, after his ship got torpedoed during world war two. His only hope for survival being a West Indian man, and a cat.
The Cay is a great book that's very realistic and always keeps you thinking. It tells you about a West Indian named Timothy, a blind boy named Phillip, and a cat named Stew, and how they struggle to survive.
Phillip and his mother leave the island of Curacao on a ship headed for Florida because of the war. The ship gets torpedoed and Phillip and his mother are separated. Phillip is hit by the boom of the ship and is knocked out then becomes blind. When he awakes he is told he's in the middle of the ocean floating nowhere with a West Indian Man, and a Cat. After days they float onto a deserted island where they will have to fight to survive.
In this book the author gives Timothy an accent. His accent really puts you into his shoes but also is hard to read at times.
I give this book a nine point five out of ten because it keeps you on your toes and makes you want to keep reading. I definitely recommend The Cay it's a great book.
Fabulous Book!  Apr 9, 2008
In the book, The Cay by Theodor Taylor, an eleven year old boy named Phillip gets ship wrecked and gets a very bad crack on his head. He soon wakes up on a raft in the middle of the Carribean With and old man named Timothy and a cat named Stew Cat. Later Phillip becomes blind as they slowly drift to a small cay. In this book Phillip learns to see people for who they are and not for the color of their skin.

This is an amazing book that teaches people to see other people for who they are and not for the color of their skin, how they look, or how the dress.

Phillip lives on the island of curaco during world war two and German U boats are suspected to come and attack the small Island at any moment. His Mother gets worried about what will happen to the island and everyone on it. They soon board a Boat the Hato and start sailing to florida where they would get of and get on a train going to Norfolk Virginia where they would stay untill the war ended. Everything soon twisted as the hato is ship wrecked by a torpido. Phillip falls in the water, gets hit on the head, and is sepperated from his mother. He soon wakes up on a small raft with an old west Indian man named Timothy, a cat named stew cat and a horrible crack on his head. He falls back asleep and wakes up blind as they are slowly coming upon a small cay where they get of and build a small hut to live in as they wait for a schooner or plane to pass by.

There are a couple of things that really make this book realistic interesting and all out exciting to read. Here are some of them. Timothy's accent really gives his voice a certan tone to the reader if they read out loud or even to their self. Also Phillip's blindness makes the book more interesting too because he would just see timothy for the color of his skin and not for who he really was. It also gave him the task of learning how to do things while being blind. The Cay was also in the devils mouth so no boats past and there was no one that lived on the cay.

This book is very discriptive and has a lot of small things that add to the book. I recommend this book to any one willing to feel like they are right there on the cay living with Timothy, Phillip, and Stew cat and on that adventure with them, and to any one who wonders what it is like to live on an island stranded with no communication waitind for someone to pass.

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