Timothy of the Cay (The Cay, #2) by Theodore TaylorFor the millions who care about Timothy and young Phillip -- for all those who want to know more of Timothys life before his fateful meeting with young Phillip and what happened to Phillip after he was rescued from the tiny island...Two young men. Two dreams. Their lives intersect on a tiny cay for three months, when one is over seventy and the other is only eleven. One of them died there. The other was forever changed by his encounter with the first.
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The Cay is a teen novel written by Theodore Taylor. It was published in The Cay took only three weeks to complete. The novel was published in and dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. The ship is torpedoed, and Phillip is stranded in the sea with an old black man named Timothy and a cat named Stew Cat. Drifting at sea, Phillip is blinded by a blow to the head during the torpedoing of the ship.
The novel opens, and we're given the initial setup. It's The island is being stalked by German submarines that arrived during the nighttime and are targeting the area's oil refineries and tankers. We're also introduced to the protagonist, Phillip, a young schoolboy who has never seen war before. He's "not frightened, just terribly excited" 1. Don't worry; that will change.
The Cay is the suspenseful story of a young boy, handicapped by blindness and thrust into an unfamiliar environment, who is forced to grow up quickly. Young readers can identify with Phillip's struggle for independence and his frustration in coping with situations over which he has virtually no control. Phillip's survival depends upon his learning to follow Timothy's instructions and to respect the power of nature. He jeopardizes his life each time he forgets past lessons, but those lapses—whether from carelessness, fear, or despair— make Phillipa very believable character. The Cay illustrates Phillip's progress toward an ideal of tolerance, chronicling the course of events that gradually leads him to shed his prejudice toward Timothy.
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Theodore Taylor is an American writer who also makes documentary films. He is now married with three children and lives in California. One of the main themes in this novel is racism. Phillip sees Negroes in the same way as his mother despises them. His friends like them too, but for some reason his mother thinks they are dirty and unpleasant. Phillip lives in Williamsted with his mother and father.
The Cay by Theodore Taylor is a thrilling survival tale with a dash of historical fiction. While attempting to return to safety in the U. As the two attempt to survive on a deserted island, Phillip learns lessons in friendship, perseverance, and inner strength. Its linear structure and dynamic protagonist also make The Cay a wonderful resource for teaching plot structure and character development. The historical context of The Cay can present difficulties for young readers.