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Eleven-year-old Phillip lives with his parents on an island off the coast of Venezuela in 1942, but when the Nazi's begin torpedoing ships nearby, Phillip's mother insists that he and she return to the United States. Their ship is torpedoed by a Nazi submarine long before they reach the U.S., however, and Phillip finds himself marooned on an island with an old, but strong, black deckhand named Timothy. But when Phillip goes blind from an injury, he slowly realizes how caring, wise, and resourceful Timothy really is, and the color of their skins is unimportant.
1969 Award of the South California Council on Literature for Children and Young People, 1970 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, 1970 Commonwealth Club (of California) Award, 1972 Kansas William White Award, New York Times Best Book of the Year, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Boston Globe—Horn Book Honor Book, ALA Notable Book, Publishers Weekly Children’s Book to Remember.