The Cay & Timothy of the Cay – Theodore Taylor



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!


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lexy
    Mar 29, 2009 @ 03:18:24

    this book is a very good book and you would enjoy it because i sure did i love it very much

    nylusmilk: yup, this is one of my favourite children books.


  2. Bella
    May 21, 2009 @ 02:55:52

    I love these book because they showing you how to survive.The Cay is great book and who ever people read it they will like it.

    nylusmilk: i agree!


  3. Miko
    May 26, 2011 @ 03:46:54



  4. rose bud
    May 04, 2012 @ 22:31:29

    this book was AMAZING i loved every little bit of it!!!!!!


  5. yasmin
    May 06, 2012 @ 12:49:16

    great book!!


  6. bree
    Jan 04, 2013 @ 05:05:17

    i really liked this book


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