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on 26 February 2001
A brilliant book of one boys adventures on an Island in the Carribean. The book shows how Phillip copes without his mother. He also tries to come to grips with the fact that black and white people are all the same inside. This story tells of one boys discovery of true friendship despite social misbeliefs of ageism and racism.
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on 26 April 2015
Great story, my 11 year old son really connected with the characters and it provocted a fair few race related questions. Beautiful and sad but with a happy ending.
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on 1 February 2012
This is an enthralling read for teenagers and adults alike . It puts across the issues of racism in a simple but direct and unsentimental way. The characters are strong and resourceful. Timothy's use of creole dialect adds a sense of time and place. The location of the story and its time during World War Two is unusual for the British reader, making it interesting and different.
The story has a reasonable pace and the outcome is satisfactory, despite the death of a major character.
The current edition lacks the fine line illustrations in previous editions, which added to the impact. I can see that the cover has been changed to presumably appeal to an older audience, but it is dark and indistinct and does not immediately arouse the interest of the prospective reader. Don't judge this book by its cover, as it is a very good read.
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on 10 March 1999
This book taught you lessons on how you can survive blind on an island. It also shows you that when you're blind you can learn how to do alot of things. I thought that Timothy was a hero because he saved Phillip's life two times.
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on 10 March 1999
The Cay by Theodore Taylor is a great book. I liked how Timothy helped Phillip learn to live on his own. After Phillip was helped by Timothy he could do a lot even though he couldn't see.
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on 10 March 1999
This story is about a 12 year oid boy who is prejudiced. He is stranded on an island with a black man named Timothy. Because of blindness,one must depend on the other. A must read book.
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on 10 March 1999
The Cay was about a boy that had to leave his home with his mother. They get in a boat weck. An accident happens,and the two become shipwrecked on an island.
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on 10 March 1999
I thought the book was neat. I think you should read this book because it tells you some exciting things. It made a prejudiced boy see people differently.
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on 2 July 2000
A wonderful book about a white boy overcoming his prejudices against an elderly black man when they are stranded on a dessert island, a truly great read.
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on 28 March 2000
This book is about a boy who is a racist and what he has to face when his life depends on a black man. A book filled with many emotions.
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