The Cay

The Cay

Book Club Kit - 1969
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When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, c1969
ISBN: 9780440229124
044022912X
9780440416630
0440416639
9780385079068
0385079060
Characteristics: 10 books + reader's guide in a cloth bag
Call Number: BCE

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HernetheHunter
Apr 08, 2018

Spoilers.

I was very moved by this book. A wonderful story of two very different people thrown together in horrible circumstances. Even though Philip is prejudiced against the black sailor, Timothy in the beginning, they quickly form a bond. Timothy, elderly and sick, works tirelessly to teach blind Philip what he needs to know to survive, should he die.

It's a story of bonding, caring and survival.

Philip tells the story in the first person, and the ending reveals the changes his experiences have wrought.

OLATHEAllisonB Feb 06, 2018

This classic story follows a boy, an old man, and a cat as they struggle to survive after a shipwreck during World War II. The graceful prose is friendly to young readers, and the characters are authentic and memorable. Philip, Timothy, and Stew Cat are an unlikely trio, and at first, Philip's resistance to Timothy's good nature and kindness are uncomfortable to observe. When he is forced to depend on Timothy, however, Philip learns to look past the outward appearance and see the person within. Sometimes Timothy reflects the stereotype of the "wise old Negro" in his knowledge of the sea and nature, but then again, a man born and raised on islands has a lot to offer when two shipwreck survivors are trying to build a life on a cay and one of them is a 12-year-old. A message against prejudice pervades throughout without being heavy-handed, making this one just as relevant for our time as it was in 1969.

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jmbenjamins
Jun 09, 2016

Fantastic book! Loved it and keeps you always wanting to read the next chapter! My favorite book of the whole school year! I don't get why others didn't like it, it's great! A must read!

rollingstock Apr 02, 2014

Only 147 pages so come on now, how painful can that be? I read it in a few hours and enjoyed it. It is what it is, a short story.

red_wolf_208 Jul 16, 2013

Great Book, a must read ;)
Don't understand how peope may not like this but oh well. If you are looking for a book to read this is for you!

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Wolfgirl1189
Mar 05, 2013

Sorry but I HATED this book and we HAD to read it for school. I was like IS THIS DONE YET?????!!!! EVERY CHAPTER!

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Nicoletams
Jul 13, 2012

I fell asleep reading this book! I hated it a lot, but HAD to read it for school. Out of my whole class of 32 kids, ONE KID liked it. The storyline was okay, but definitely could've been better. I felt myself saying, "Okay, you only have twenty more pages left, you can do this, and then you won't ever have to see this book again."

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virginiacityswell
Feb 23, 2012

I remember reading this book when I was in the 4th grade. I can still recall parts of it all these years later. I'm glad to see it's still in print.

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fuzzyskull
Feb 23, 2012

We read this book as a class novel and it is amazing! It is a tragic story of a boy living in the Caribbean and sets off at sea with his mother. When suddenly the ship gets torpedoed! He has to survive on a flimsy raft with a tiny bit of chocolate for food and a small amount of water. I rate this story 5 stars because it is a great book for all ages and plus it is a classic. I would also recommend reading another classic called The Hatchet. I am only on chapter six, but is starts getting really good before chapter two!

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Sophie11099
Apr 23, 2011

We're reading this as a class novel study right now and I'm really not enjoying it. This book has almost too many details for my liking.

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FrozenJ2001
Jul 31, 2015

When I am older I will find that Cay and say "Dis be dat outrageous Cay, Eh Timothy?"

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