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For fans of Hatchet and Island of the Blue Dolphins comes 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
Paperback, 137 pages
Published on April 1, 2003 by Random House Childrens Books
ISBN-10: 044022912X
ISBN-13: 9780440229124
38 Book Reviews
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  • batiduwyvawiwa
    batiduwyvawiwaTuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:41 am55 stars
    The Cay is a great book. It thrilling and exciting! I felt like I was in the book at parts.
    • killWednesday, February 8, 2017 at 11:26 am
      i think it should be more bombingt
      • killWednesday, February 8, 2017 at 11:25 am
        its ok
        • mysterion
          mysterionTuesday, September 20, 2016 at 9:48 am
          its a good book and i highly recomend this book so read it if u havnt
          • kingjimmy04
            kingjimmy04Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7:40 am
            HOW IS THIS BOOK
            • jelly656
              jelly656Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 11:07 am
              IT'S AWESOME!!!!
            • kennyTuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7:02 am
              i didnt finish i ment to say nice review everybody btw
              • kennyTuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7:01 am
                the book is really good and can be sad at time 😭😭😭but it was fun to read so i highly recomend his book and good review btw
                • JimmyTuesday, September 20, 2016 at 6:52 am
                  I have not read this book how is it?
                  • BenFriday, February 5, 2016 at 6:07 am
                    What's the moms name?
                    • em7239Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 2:09 pm
                      read this at school

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