Written by Theodore Taylor
Illustrated by Kenny McKendry
Part of the A Puffin Book Series
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Beautifully written, this novel won every award imaginable in the USA when it was published. It is a tense, dramatic and compulsive survival adventure that rivals Robinson Crusoe. This though also touches heavily on prejudice and how the young white boy, reliant for his survival on an elderly black man following a shipwreck, begins to trust someone who through his upbringing by his mother had instilled on him not to trust. The boy discovers a true friend, overcomes his prejudices of ageism and racism, this is their story and is a truly inspiring read and as relevant to read now as it was when it was first published.
Puffin Fact! The Cay is based on a true story. While researching another book, Theodore read about an incident that happened in 1942. The Germans had torpedoed a Dutch ship, slicing it in half. Those who survived the attack crawled into a lifeboat, looked back and saw an eleven-year-old Dutch boy. Download more Puffin Facts here!
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The Good Book Guide Review. In this gripping adventure story a deeply prejudiced white boy from the American South and a gentle, superstitious, quietly obstinate Negro sailor find themselves adrift on a raft, with the ship's cat, after a shipwreck. Mutual dependence subtly, gradually shifts their view points.
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The Cay by Theodore Taylor
The story of a young boy and an old man adrift on the ocean, then marooned on a tiny, deserted island. It is also a fascinating study of the relationship between Phillip, white, American, and influenced by his mother's prejudices, and the black man upon whom Phillip's life depends.
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Interest Age: From 9
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Puffin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
3rd July 2014
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