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The Cay (Hardcover)

Author:  Theodore Taylor
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0385079060
ISBN-13: 9780385079068
Sku: 30054456
Publish Date: 5/1/1989
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Pages:  144
Age Range:  12 to 16
 
Like silent, hungry sharks that swim in the darkness of the sea, German submarines arrived in the middle of the night. (from the first line)
Shipwrecked on a tiny Caribbean island, Philip must overcome his prejudice towards Timothy, the old black sailor who becomes the key to his survival.


"This is one of the best survival stories since Robinson Crusoe."--"The Washington Star.
An ALA Notable Children's Book, Jane Addams Children's Book Award, Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, Commonwealth Club of California: Literature Award, Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People Award, A Child Study Children's Book Committee: Children's Book of the Year.

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Shipwrecked on a tiny Caribbean island, Philip must overcome his prejudice towards Timothy, the old black sailor who becomes the key to his survival. "This is one of the best survival stories since Robinson Crusoe."--The Washington Star. An ALA Notable Childrens Book, Jane Addams Childrens Book Award, Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, Commonwealth Club of California: Literature Award, Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People Award, A Child Study Childrens Book Committee: Children's Book of the Year.After the Germans torpedoed the freighter on which Phillip and his mother are traveling from wartime Curacao to the U.S., Phillip finds himself dependent on Timothy, an old, black West Indian sailor. Shipwrecked, there is just the two of them. This is the story of their struggle for survival and of Phillip's efforts to adjust to his new disability, blindness, and to understand the dignified, wise, and loving old man who is his companion.
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Two shipwreck victims, Phillip, a blind, white American boy, and Timothy, an old black sailor, are stranded on a small island in the Caribbean. Being totally dependent on Timothy, Phillip must overcome his prejudice in this adventure story of survival, adjustment, and learning to accept differences in people.
Author Bio
Theodore Taylor
Before becoming a full-time writer, Taylor's careers included newspaper journalist, merchant marine, and press agent. His first novel, THE CAY, was published in 1969 and tells the story of a black West Indian sailor named Timothy and a white boy named Philip who are marooned on an island--the only survivors of a shipwreck. This work won many awards but also created controversy, as many considered the depiction of Timothy racist. Because of this controversy, Taylor was eventually asked to return the Jane Addams Children's Book Award that had been given to him for this work. Taylor asserts that THE CAY is not a racist book, that the character of Timothy, modeled after a real person, is indeed a hero and not a stereotype. A sequel/prequel to THE CAY, TIMOTHY OF THE CAY appeared in 1993.

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School Library Journal
"Innocence vs. wisdom, black vs. white, growing up and surviving...[are] forcefully portrayed."

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   08
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0144
Product attributePublisher:   Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
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