Book #2 The Cay by Theodore Taylor

I’m so keyed up that I probably won’t sleep tonight I just finished The Cay, one of my favorite books growing up. I first read this book in Mrs. Forrester’s English class at Girard Middle School. We sat in reading groups that each had four people. If you want, I can give you the names of the people who sat in my group. Anyhoo… Back to The Cay. We read it in Mrs. Forrester’s class, and I still remember it. That class and the book came up in a facebook discussion a couple of weeks ago, so I decided to revisit The Cay. I’m so glad I did!

It’s a book about a young boy who is shipwrecked off of the coast of Curacao, and ends up on a raft with a black man from the East Indies. They float onto a deserted island, where they must survive until they are rescued. Sounds easy enough until you factor in that the boy goes blind after being hit in the head during the attack that sunk the ship. When Timothy, the East Indian, dies after a hurricane, it seems as if Phillip Enright will not leave the island alive. I won’t tell you the end of the book, but do yourself a favor and read it. Just not before bedtime or you’ll be up all night. Like me.

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