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The Cay

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.

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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 Cay Synopsis

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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ISBN: 9780141354941
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Puffin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141354941
Publication date: 3rd July 2014
Author: Theodore Taylor
Illustrator: Kenny McKendry
Publisher: Puffin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 176 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Historical Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Classics

About Theodore Taylor

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 ...

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