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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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Paperback, 137 pages
Published on April 1, 2003 by Random House Childrens Books
ISBN-10: 044022912X
ISBN-13: 9780440229124
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  • cutegirl10
    cutegirl10Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 5:49 pm
    I read this book in class with all of the other students.At first it seemed kind of boring but as we started reading it, it got better and better. You should realy read it.
    • katie2cool
      katie2coolSaturday, May 26, 2012 at 8:27 am
      This book we read in our fifth grade classroom it is a really good book! It is historical fiction and it is very intresting my class and I really enjoyed it !
      • epabc123
        epabc123Friday, May 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm44 stars
        I had to read this book for my language arts class earlier this year. At first I didn't enjoy it at all, but after a while - I was hooked! It is an amazing story that I highly recommend. :D
        • swifty19
          swifty19Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm55 stars
          this book is super sad, its very, very, well written and the movie isnt so good tho, i love this book alot

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