The Cay

by Theodore Taylor

The Cay

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Book Information

Publication Date: 1969


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 860L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level V


Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8


Major Awards: 1970 Jane Addams Children's Book Award


Number of Pages: 105 pages


Approximate Word Count: 25,810 words


Audible Book Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins


Book Themes: Friendship, Overcoming Obstacles, Personal Growth, Race, Blindness


Genre: historical fiction novel for young adults


Setting: February 1942 on the island of Curacao, Dutch West Indies


Important Quote: Wanting to hear it from Timothy, I asked him why there were different colors of skin, white and black, brown and red, and he laughed back, "Why b'feesh different color, or flower b'different color? I true don' know, Phill-eep, but I true tink beneath d'skin is all d'same.


First Line: Like silent, hungry sharks that swim in the darkness of the sea, the German submarines arrived in the middle of the night.


Point of View: in first person from Phillip's perspective

 

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Vocabulary List

"mochi jumbis"
Amsterdam
Denmark
Dutch
Holland
Netherlands
accord
anguish
aviation
banks
binoculars
blackout curtains
calico
catchment
cay
cellophane
century
conch
constant
crevice

debris
deft
diameter
dishearten
disheartened
drift wood
drone
earnest
fashioned
flay
gabled
galleons
gnats
grave
grope
hone
hurricane
keg
mutiny
notify

orphan
parched
pontoon
port
positive
recollect
reef
refinery
schooners
scorn
scornfully
sextant
sinker
smoldering
smudge
squall
tempest
tether
thrashing
trough

 

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The Cay