Classic Literature. Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. HTML: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.
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This was a great book that I believe everyone needs to read. It shows why racism is completely pointless in the end, and how it's the kindness on the inside that truly matters.
I read this book for school,
All of which appears in this story and all of which are based on true events.
A wonderful little story about a boy who connects unexpectedly with a person he'd thought to be inferior to him when the two are stranded on an island together. It's the setting that provides much of the charm, but it's also the way the author is able to continue to tell the story through our first person narrator even after the boy is blinded.
One day,Pillip went blind because of head injury before.
Will they able to live in this uninhabited island?Will they help by somebody?
This is moving story.
I impressed by Thimothy's warm personality.
I think if I were Phillip,I couldn't survive.
I was impressed that elderly person told child how to live.
Recommended by Stirling, I read this book in front of the heater Dec. 23 while missing my children. They were spending 2 weeks with their dad, and I was badly missing them. I had no idea what to expect from this book and was amazed how much I enjoyed it. Phillip is living during
Phillip wakes up on a life raft, with a splitting headache
The survival story speaks of overcoming racism imposed by authority figures/culture. What better way to portray a person realizing there is no difference in race than that person being blind and reliant solely upon a person of differing race?
Taylor writes with authority - short, terse prose reminiscent of Hemingway. Although the story is written for the young adult, it is an interesting and highly provocative read and a great story for all ages. The ending, however, is less than desirable as the last chapter wraps up the remainder of the story - which could have been several chapters in itself - in only a few pages.