Cay, The - Book

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Reading Level: Grades 4-7 

Lexile Level: 860

Setting: Caribbean, WWII

Genre: World Literature

Page Count: 160

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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.

Book Awards:
Jane Addams Children's Book Award Winner 1970   •   ALA notable book   •   New York Times Best Book of the Year   •   Lewis Carroll Shelf Award 1970   •   School Library Journal Best Book of the Year   •   A Boston Globe—Horn Book Honor Book   •   Publishers Weekly Children’s Book to Remember   •   California Young Reader Award Winner
1969   •   Kansas William White Award Winner 1971   •   ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings selection 2006   •   1970 Commonwealth Club (of California) Award

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