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The Cay by Theodore Taylor – Book “The Cay”

September 24, 2011

This award-winning novel remains a powerful classic of prejudice, love, and survival. In 1942, 11-year-old Phillip Enright lives with his parents on the Dutch island of Curaçao, but when the war moves too close for comfort, his mother decides to travel with him back to the safety of Virginia. When their boat is torpedoed, however, Phillip is blinded and finds himself adrift on a life raft with an old black man and a cat. They eventually land on a deserted island. Phillip is suspicious of the large Negro, but soon grows to trust–and ultimately love–the patient and generous Timothy. Dedicated to Dr. Kings Dream, The Cay has a clear message that friendship is colorblind; it is also a terrific adventure story of a young, newly blinded man learning to survive on an uninhabited island. (Ages 12 and older) –Richard Farr

Pce Student Review
This short novel for boys tells how a white American boy becomes marooned with an old West Indian black man on a tiny island during World War II. Its simple, direct, often exciting, truthful, and well-observed. Along with the story of this archetypal relationship (which is much like that between Huckleberry Finn and Jim) it tells a good deal about the fundamentals of life on a Caribbean reef island (the cay) and about the direct experience of a hurricane. This is a solid, serious, engaging and accessible book that rightfully been in print since 1969. Take Me With You When You Go

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