The books in one sentence each: Phillip Enright survives a shipwreck, stuck on a cay blind, with an old Negro and a cat, to go through a life-changing experience. The prequel-sequel describes how Timothy the Negro came to be the man he was and how Phillip regains his sight and visits the cay he has lived on for 3 months.
Who would you recommend it to: Anybody; this is good young children’s fiction stuff, and apparently based on a true story recounted to the author.
OK bits: How Phillip becomes independent, even though he’s blind, and how he grew stronger mentally from this experience.
Boring bits: I don’t really bother much about the descriptions. I also don’t really like reading about Timothy’s background in the second book, but it’s just my personal tastes.
Random review quote:
“Innocence vs. wisdom, black vs. white, growing up and surviving… forcefully portrayed” – Library Journal
“Anyone who enjoyed The Cay will want to read this stunning prequel-sequel” – The Sacramento Bee
Verdict: I just love these two books… totally heartbreaking yet so inspirational. And I love the ending of the prequel-sequel… Heh, you can tell it’s a happy ending. But I think it’s a good ending on its own, nevertheless!