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Theodore Taylor - Author

About the Author

Taylor was born in North Carolina  He began writing at the age of thirteen, covering high school sports events for the Portsmouth, Virginia, Evening Star. Leaving home at seventeen to join the Washington, D.C. Daily Newsas a copyboy, he discovered the highly educational aspects of living on $11 a week.

During World War II, he first served as a cadet-AB seaman on a gasoline tanker, first of four merchant ships; then became a naval officer in the Pacific Theatre. He was recalled to active duty a few months after the Korean War began.

In 1955, a year after his first book, The Magnificent Mitscher, Taylor joined Paramount Pictures as a press agent; then became a story editor, finally, associate producer. "

The Cay, winner of 11 literary awards, including the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, "...of which I’m the proudest, since the book was deemed worthy of being on a shelf with Alice In Wonderland...", was a Universal film presentation starring James Earl Jones. Now in print in 14 foreign countries, the story of young "Phe-leep" and old "Timothy" has passed 4,000,000 copies in publication, worldwide.

The Maldonado Miracle and The Teetoncey Trilogy, chronicling the remote, quaint Outer Banks of North Carolina, quickly followed the success of The Cay. Among his titles are Sniper, Maria, The Hostage, The Weirdo, winner of the 1992 Edgar Allen Poe Award; Sweet Friday Island, another suspense story.

In autumn, 1993, Timothy Of The Cay, prequel-sequel to the original tale of survival and prejudice was published by Harcourt Brace. The 24-year gap between the novels was caused by Taylor’s reluctance to attempt "topping himself."

In 1946, Taylor participated in Operations Crossroads, the testing of two atomic bombs at Bikini Atoll, in the Western Pacific. Out of that experience came The Bomb, story of the world’s first nuclear nomads, published autumn, 1995. The Bomb won the 1996 Scott O’Dell Award for historical fiction.

Rogue Wave and Other Red-Blooded Sea Stories followed The Bomb. The Flight of Jesse Leroy Brown, the story of the Navy’s first Afro-American carrier pilot was published in autumn, 1998.

His short stories and novelettes have appeared in Redbook, McCall’s, Ladies Home  Journal, Saturday Evening Post, Argosy, Alfred Hitchcock’s Magazine and others.

Theodore Taylor passed away on October 26, 2006.

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The Flight of Leroy Brown

The Flight of Leroy Brown

Author: Theodore Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2007

`A compelling portrait of a quiet hero, of the racial climate between 1926 and 1959, and of the last days of propeller-driven naval aviation.' - Booklist Jesse Leroy Brown was born in 1926 to sharecroppers in segregated southern USA. An outstanding student and a top athlete, he set his sights on becoming a Navy pilot despite the resistance of his family and the Jim Crow laws. Brown qualified for the Navy reserve and was accepted into the Naval Air Training School at Glenview, Illinois. He was the first black man to enter the program, and went on to become the first black man to fly a Navy fighter and make a carrier landing. During the Korean War his squadron operated from USS Leyte, and Brown flew F4U-4 Corsair fighters in support of United Nations forces. Tragically, on 4 December 1950, Jesse Brown was shot down while on a close air support mission and, despite the heroic attempts of other pilots to rescue him, he died in his aircraft. Based on archival documents and interviews with those who knew Brown, The Flight of Leroy Brown is both a stirring story of a man breaking historic racial barriers and a thrilling tale of naval carrier aviation and combat. About the Author Theodore Taylor is the author of more than fifty fiction and non-fiction books including the classic novel, The Cay.



Author: Theodore Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

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 Curaao. War has always been a game to him, and he's 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 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 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 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 "e;This is one of the best survival stories since Robinson Crusoe."e;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

The Magnificent Mitscher

The Magnificent Mitscher

Author: Theodore Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2006

* Biography of the 'father of the carrier task force' *Details Mitscher's incredible tactical skills *Paperback reprint of a classic work Air Admiral Marc Mitscher, who led the US attack across the Pacific in World War II, is a legend in naval circles for developing an entirely new concept of war at sea. His skills as a carrier tactician and genius for leading men rank him with the best World War II combat commanders, yet, because he shunned publicity and destroyed his private papers shortly before his death in 1947, his accomplishments are not widely known. Mitscher's sound decisions and successful tactics helped create the greatest striking weapon in history- the carrier force that could put up a thousand planes in half an hour, the task force that sank a thousand ships and destroyed the Japanese air force, the fleet that opened a direct route to Japan. Written by a former naval officer and well-known journalist, The Magnificent Mitscher tells the full story of this pioneer of naval aviation and his innovations. Theodore Taylor charts Mitscher's brilliant career from its very beginnings in 1916, when he became one of the US Navy's first pilots. On publication in1954, it was hailed as a first-class biography that set down the major role played by the admiral in developing the navy's air programme, and is also credited with providing a lively and detailed history of the progress of naval aviation. The author accomplishes all this with compassion, humour and deep respect for his subject. THEODORE TAYLOR, a merchant mariner during most of World War II, had become a naval officer by the war's end, serving in the Pacific. He is the author of more than thirty books, both fiction and non-fiction, and is a resident of Laguna Beach, California.

The Cay

The Cay

Author: Theodore Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2002

The Cay

The Cay

Author: Theodore Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/1973

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 witness it first hand - until the freighter he and his mother are travelling on to the USA is torpedoed. Philip wakes to find himself adrift on a small raft in the middle of the ocean with an old West Indian man. Together they become marooned on a tiny deserted island. This moving story tells of their struggle to survive and is also a fascinating study of the relationship between a young white American boy influenced by his mother's prejudices, and a black man upon whom Philip's life depends.

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