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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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  • edmodo-lj5ryx3cxy
    edmodo-lj5ryx3cxyWednesday, October 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm
    i actually liked this book, even though alot of it was homework
    • edmodo-akcrmpdfge
      edmodo-akcrmpdfgeWednesday, October 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm
      The ending was amazing because it wasn't exspected
      • marcellagotswag
        marcellagotswagThursday, December 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm44 stars
        just finished this book! had to read it for school really sad but a great story!
        • marcellagotswag
          marcellagotswagThursday, December 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm44 stars
          i just finished this book! had to read it for school it was really sad but a great story i like how timothy talks!lol
          • apeman
            apemanThursday, December 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm55 stars
            it is a realy good book
            • fabulous688
              fabulous688Friday, November 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm
              Lol, I'm reading this in school too!
              • macandcheese
                macandcheeseSaturday, November 10, 2012 at 11:48 am55 stars
                I read this book in school with my class and I loved it
                • pizzagirl135
                  pizzagirl135Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm
                  We are reading it in school
                  • aumy2
                    aumy2Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm44 stars
                    This book was so emotianal and sad. i was almost crying(yeah right) when i read this book
                    • partyrocker75
                      partyrocker75Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 11:01 am55 stars
                      I loved this book. I am not one to usually like sad stories but this one book touched my heart.

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