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The Cay | [Theodore Taylor]

The Cay

Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curacao. 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.
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Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curacao. 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.

©2002 Theodore Taylor; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"A tense and moving experience." (Publishers Weekly)
"The lilting calypso intonation Boatman gives to Timothy, and his uniquely outrageous 'wisdom', transports the listener." (AudioFile)

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    "The Cay"

    I had downloaded this book to share with my students. The audio was of excellent quality. The students were able to better understand the dialect than if they had read it orally in class. Thanks for a great experience with audible.com

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    My mom read this book to me and my brothers at night in the hall while we were all in our beds. The story is excellent and the memory of hearing the words read out loud is still magical. I would imagine this title would translate beautifully to audio.

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    "Awesome Book for All Ages"
    What did you love best about The Cay?

    The vivid description, intense action, and range of emotions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Timothee and Philleep


    What does Michael Boatman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not sure. I think that I would enjoy it either way.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Timothy dies and leaves Phillip to survive alone


    Any additional comments?

    Just a breath taking story about relationships, prejudice,hardship, and the will to survive.

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