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The Cay (1969)

av Theodore Taylor

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Classic Literature. Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. HTML:For fans of Hatchet and Island of the Blue Dolphins comes Theodore Taylors classic bestseller and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award winner, The Cay.
   Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curaao. War has always been a game to him, and hes eager to glimpse it firsthanduntil 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 mothers warning about black people: They are different, and they live differently.
    But by the time the castaways arrive on a small island, Phillips head injury has made him blind and dependent on Timothy.
Mr. Taylor has provided an exciting storyThe idea that all humanity would benefit from this special form of color blindness permeates the whole bookThe 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 revelationAt once barbed and tender, tense and fragileas Timothy would say, outrageous good.Kirkus Reviews
 
* Fully realized settingartful, unobtrusive use of dialectthe representation of a hauntingly deep love, the poignancy of which is rarely achieved in childrens 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 Childrens Book to Remember
A Child Study Associations Pick of Childrens 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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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.
  PlumfieldCH | Sep 21, 2023 |
READING LEVEL: 5.3 AR POINTS: 4.0
(Ages 9-12, grades 4-5)

A classic historical novel originally published in 1969. This novel starts out with some pretty harsh racism but later shows those walls were broken down by the main character’s blindness. I found this very symbolic for the way we should see all races, which I believe this author was trying to convey to young readers back in 1969.

It is 1942, the world is at war, and German submarines have surrounded Curacao, the largest Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela. Phillip Enright, age 11, was at first excited but quickly learned war was not fun-and-games as he witnessed a tanker being blown to smithereens when it left port and headed out to sea.

His mother insisted on leaving the island and head back to the safety of America, but his father was bound and had to stay for his work in the war. So, just the two of them boarded a schooner, the HATO, believing it to be safe to exit the harbor, and headed back to Virginia, where they were originally from, for the duration of World War II. But, their schooner was torpedoed. Phillip found himself and the rest of the crew who had made it into the rescue boat, thrown into the sea. He was knocked hard in the head by debris and passed out.

Phillip was scooped up out of the sea by an old black islander named Timothy. They drifted for several days on the high seas trying to survive when suddenly Phillip went blind from the knock in the head, which had damaged some nerves. They drifted and drifted until they came upon a small and obscure low-lying island (called a cay), hidden out in the Caribbean in an area known as the Devil’s Mouth. There, Phillip did a lot of growing up during the two and a half months spent alone on that island with Timothy.

Once a spoiled, racist and scared little kid, and without his eyesight to reveal the differences in his black rescuer Timothy and himself, he learned to trust, depend and eventually love wise old Timothy. He no longer saw Timothy as an ugly, old and stupid black man. He may have not been educated, but he was very smart on survival skills and very patient and loving towards Phillip. Timothy taught Phillip not to use excuses, such as being blind, to do nothing. He set Phillip up for survival on the island alone just encase he, himself, didn’t make it. In the end, old Timothy did give his life protecting Phillip, something Phillip will never forget.

Because of Timothy's strong character, this experience changed Phillips relationships forever with the other black islanders on Curacao once he was rescued and returned to the island. He was no longer afraid and actually made a point to mingle and get to know them better. ( )
  MissysBookshelf | Aug 27, 2023 |
There is a prequel to this book that is titled "Timothy of the Cay."
  vashonpatty | Aug 1, 2023 |
There is a prequel to this book titled "Timothy of the Cay."
  vashonpatty | Aug 1, 2023 |
This is not only a gripping story of survival, but also a powerful story of letting go of prejudice. Taking place in the Caribbean during World War II, twelve your old Phillip was on the torpedoed ship, Hato, with his mother. When Phillip awakes he is floating in a raft with Timothy, an older black deckhand. They will reach a coral island where Timothy will teach Phillip, who is now blind, how to survive. Phillip learns more than survival. He will finally "see" Timothy's kindness, caring and strength and realize that his earlier notions were wrong. This historical fiction book would be good for demonstrating how racism and prejudice may have looked during the time period around World War II (1940s) . As the Jane Addams Children's Book Award stated "This historic novel...arguably shows that if only people would see and value each other as individual human beings, there would be no racism." ( )
  DeborahMc | Jul 18, 2023 |
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Mary Purucker (KLIATT Review, July 2005 (Vol. 39, No. 4))
Twelve-year-old Philip's ordeal as a castaway after the ship he was on was torpedoed in 1942 has never lost its appeal as a strong survival tale with two strong characters. When German submarines increase their activity off the coast of Venezuela, Philip's mother insists that the two of them leave the island of Curacao where his father works for an oil refinery, but she refuses to fly and they take passage on a ship. Not many days go by before they are blown out of the water and Philip finds himself on a raft with a gigantic elderly black man and the ship's cat. His mother's prejudices at first make him uncomfortable with Timothy, but he learns to love and respect him. Suffering from a severe blow to his head, in a few days Philip becomes totally blind and totally dependent on Timothy. When they finally land on a small island, a cay, Timothy teaches him the skills to survive even if he is left alone. Michael Boatman narrates in a straightforward way, easily giving Phillip a slight Southern accent and Timothy's voice a West Indian flavor. The pacing and timing are perfect as the pair battle the elements, get to know each other, and prepare for potential rescue. Category: Fiction Audiobooks. KLIATT Codes: J*--Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 2005 (orig. 1969), Listening Library, 3 cds. 3 hrs.; Vinyl; plot, author, reader notes., $30.00. Ages 12 to 15.

tillagd av kthomp25 | ändraKLIATT Review, Mary Purucker
 

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Classic Literature. Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. HTML:For fans of Hatchet and Island of the Blue Dolphins comes Theodore Taylors classic bestseller and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award winner, The Cay.
   Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curaao. War has always been a game to him, and hes eager to glimpse it firsthanduntil 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 mothers warning about black people: They are different, and they live differently.
    But by the time the castaways arrive on a small island, Phillips head injury has made him blind and dependent on Timothy.
Mr. Taylor has provided an exciting storyThe idea that all humanity would benefit from this special form of color blindness permeates the whole bookThe 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 revelationAt once barbed and tender, tense and fragileas Timothy would say, outrageous good.Kirkus Reviews
 
* Fully realized settingartful, unobtrusive use of dialectthe representation of a hauntingly deep love, the poignancy of which is rarely achieved in childrens 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 Childrens Book to Remember
A Child Study Associations Pick of Childrens 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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