Timothy of the Cay [NOOK Book]

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In the novel The Cay, a young white boy and an old black man are stranded on a small sandy cay in the Caribbean Sea following a shipwreck. Eleven-year-old Phillip was blinded by flying debris when a torpedo struck the SS Hato, and old Timothy has taught him how to survive. This prequel-sequel tells the rest of their tale in alternating chapters--the compelling story of two very different people who share the courage and tenacity ...
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Overview

In the novel The Cay, a young white boy and an old black man are stranded on a small sandy cay in the Caribbean Sea following a shipwreck. Eleven-year-old Phillip was blinded by flying debris when a torpedo struck the SS Hato, and old Timothy has taught him how to survive. This prequel-sequel tells the rest of their tale in alternating chapters--the compelling story of two very different people who share the courage and tenacity to turn their dreams into reality. Includes a reader's guide.

Having survived being blinded and shipwrecked on a tiny Caribbean island with the old black man Timothy, twelve-year-old white Phillip is rescued and hopes to regain his sight with an operation. Alternate chapters follow the life of Timothy from his days as a young cabin boy.

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Editorial Reviews

Sacramento Bee
Anyone who enjoyed The Cay will want to read the stunning prequel-sequel.
The ALAN Review - Margaret J. Ford
The Caribbean cadences of Timothy's "pidgin Engleesh" blend with Phillip Enright's sightless reminiscences in the prequel-sequel to Taylor's acclaimed The Cay. Taylor recreates Timothy's childhood on St. Thomas with his adopted aunt, Tante Hannah Gumb, and his life on the sea and juxtaposes the story with the life of Phillip Enright after he is rescued from the cay-thus a prequel-sequel. The two points of view are distinct yet appear to merge as Timothy's resolve and determination to one day own his own ship runs in counterpoint to Phillip's determination to regain his sight and see his cay once again, even though the surgery might leave him paralyzed or dead. Taylor weaves a compelling tale of prejudice, Caribbean slavery and seaport life, and the stresses of World War II. His characterization and mastery of Caribbean dialect create an unforgettable portrait of the determination of youth and the wisdom of age.
Children's Literature - Beth Shotwell-Valeo
Taylor's first novel for young readers, The Cay, is the story of a boy's life-threatening adventure at sea in 1942 after his freighter, the Hato, is torpedoed by a German submarine. In his quest for survival, the boy must overcome his racial and cultural prejudices, as well as a serious physical disability in this Robinson Crusoe setting. More than twenty years passed before Taylor produced the prequel-sequel, Timothy of the Cay. The two stories make for compelling reading, and the events, characters and setting are still very much of relevance today. After reading the first, the second expands on the adventure.
Stephanie Zvirin
After more than 20 years of hesitation on the part of the author, comes what he calls a prequel-sequel to his 1969 novel "The Cay". The strange term is not used lightly, for the story is, in fact, a complicated entwining of two personal narratives, set in different times and very unlike in pacing and mood. One takes place before Timothy and Phillip are shipwrecked on their tiny Caribbean island; the other, after Phillip is saved. Phillip's story, the sequel, follows him from his rescue to his return to the cay, his bigotry gone, to pay last respects to his beloved friend. It's Timothy's story, the prequel, that's the more exciting of the two. There's a strong sense of place in its telling, which begins in 1884 with 12-year-old Timothy's decision to go to sea and ends with old Timothy's meeting the uppity, prejudiced white boy on the life raft. Taylor is true to the characters he created for the original book--especially Timothy, whose lilting dialect, strength, and sense of honor are again a part of his character. But unlike the first book, this one is underscored with an indictment of prejudice: It's obvious (too obvious) in the story of Timothy's ancestry and in the characterization of Phillip's intolerant mother. There are great gaps in Timothy's history, and Phillip's story becomes tedious in comparison with Timothy's colorful adventures. Still, Taylor paints powerful pictures of the churning sea and the sights and smells of Back O' All, where Timothy lived as a boy. The author also manages some moving moments of introspection and quiet heroism as well as an occasional snatch of the same wild drama that fired "The Cay". Kids expecting the smoothly written heroic adventure they found in "The Cay" will be in for a surprise, but they'll recognize enough of what they loved in the first book to want to stick with this one to the end.
From the Publisher

"Timothy's chapters sketch a murky sea of racial prejudice; readers will ache with him at his losses. Phillip's chapters, in a terse first person, depict the narrowness of his mother's world with a clarity heightened by Phillip's blindness. A journey well worth taking."--Kirkus Reviews

"Superb."--The Bulletin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547545820
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 117,080
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • File size: 244 KB

Meet the Author

THEODORE TAYLOR is the author of many award-winning middle grade and young adult novels, including Billy the Kid, The Maldonado Miracle, The Boy Who Could Fly Without a Motor, The Weirdo, and The Cay. He lives in Laguna Beach, California.

THEODORE TAYLOR (1921-2006), an award-winning author of many books for young people, was particularly known for fast-paced, exciting adventure novels. His books include the bestseller The Cay, Timothy of the Cay, The Bomb, Air Raid--Pearl Harbor!, Ice Drift, The Maldonado Miracle, and The Weirdo, an Edgar Award winner for Best Young Adult Mystery.

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Chapter One

USS SedgewickAUGUST 1942 — The navy's Caribbean command received a priority dispatch from tile USS Sedgewick:

RESCUED 12-YEAR-OLD BOY PHILLIP ENRIGHT AND HIS
CAT FROM UNCHARTED CAY X SURVIVORS OF SS HATO
TORPEDOED APRIL THIS YEAR X BOY AND CAT SEEM TO
BE IN GOOD CONDITION X PROCEEDING CRISTOBAL X

The destroyer sped on toward Panama. She hummed and quivered along, pitching gently over the smooth sea, temporarily secured from hunting German U-boats.

Down in sick bay, the ship's hospital, I sat on a cold metal stool while the doctor checked me out. Took my temperature, looked in my mouth and ears, took my blood pressure.

I told him I felt fine.

With Stew under my arm, I'd been brought aboard from the rescue boat naked as a plucked pigeon, holding Timothy's wooden-handled knife as my only possession from our time on the island.

Lieutenant Robert Heath, the doctor, couldn't believe I'd survived, alone and blind, for almost two months on that remote patch of sand up in the Devil's Mouth.

"Timothy prepared me to live alone," I said. I owed my life to him.

"Who was Timothy?" Dr. Heath asked.

A cold disk was on my chest. He was listening to my heart. Stew Cat purred in my lap.

"An old black man from the island of Saint Thomas."

But he was much more than that. He was my guardian angel, then as well as now, protecting me from danger and mistakes. Though he was dead, he still talked to me in my darkness.

During that terrible moment, only yesterday, when the navy plane flew across the island and then went away, the sound dying like abee buzz, Timothy looked down on me and said, "Don' warry, Phill-eep, dey'll be bock." I heard him distinctly.

"From Saint Thomas, eh?"

I looked in the direction of Dr. Heath's voice. He sounded young. "Yes. Timothy got me out of the water after our ship was sunk. A few minutes before, this tomcat had crawled aboard our raft. Just crawled up there like he owned it. Timothy didn't invite him."

I had to laugh about that, Timothy sometimes saying, "dis turrible cot."

"How long were you on the cay?"

"From sometime in April until today." Five months, I thought. I'd been told this was August 22, 1942, still a time of war. According to my own "time-can," into which I dropped a pebble or piece of shell each day, I'd been alone on the cay for forty-seven days.

"What happened to Timothy?"

"He died after a hurricane hit us. He used his whole body to protect me. Wind and flying debris tore him up. Killed him."

"What a shame," Dr. Heath said sympathetically.

Yes, it was.

"What did you eat all that time?" Dr. Heath asked, adding, "Lie back."

"Oh, fish and langosta, coconuts, sea-grape leaves. . ."

He made a huhmp sound, then laughed. "Not a bad diet at that."

Then he tapped around my stomach, telling me to cough. "You were blind before the ship was torpedoed?"

"No. I got hit on the head when we were abandoning it and lost my sight a few days later, on the raft."

He made that huhmp sound once more.

"Will I ever see again?" I asked.

"You'll have to talk to an eye doctor, but there's always a chance. You might need an operation." He paused, then said, "Phillip, I'm curious about something, really puzzled

"About what?"

"How did you manage for two months without that old man? How did you get food? You couldn't see."

"He'd made fishing poles for me. Strapped them to a palm tree before the hurricane hit. He'd planned for me to be alone. Planned everything. And I knew that whole island like I knew my house in Curaçao. After I buried him I put our hut back together and started a fire."

"Remarkable," said Dr. Heath. "Really remarkable. . ."

I had just been doing what Timothy had taught me.

"Now, sit up again. I'm going to tap your knees with a mallet to test your reflexes. Have you had that done before?"

'Yes.

I wondered how the doctor looked. How big was he, how old?

I'd been doing that all day, trying to imagine faces, starting with the two sailors who rescued me. I knew how Timothy looked, having seen him for two days before my sight failed. But now I had no way of telling age or looks except by voice.

The doctor tapped between my knee joints, then said, "Well, that's it. You're as healthy as anyone on this ship, a lot healthier than some. Remarkable."

"I was lucky," I admitted.

"Now, I've ordered a bland diet for you to begin with. . ."

I'd already had a milkshake.

". . . since your stomach probably won't be ready for hamburgers or steak. . ."

Oh yes, it is, I thought. Yes, it is! If I never have another fish it will be too soon.

". . . for a few days. So instead, things like rice and mashed potatoes and soup. . ."

"Can I have gravy?" Could I have every single thing that I'd missed on the cay? Everything. Macaroni and cheese. Hot dogs. Hamburgers. Ice cream. Candy.

He chuckled. "Yes, you can have gravy. Anything else?"

"Candy." That was something I'd really missed.

"Sure, what kind?"

"Hershey almond, Baby Ruth...

"I'll have the ship's store guy come in."

"And will you feed my cat?"

"He's already been fed. Milk and rice. He was hungry. Anything else?"

I shook my head. "No, thank you."

"Glad to have you aboard," he said, and departed.

I think all the officers on that destroyer walked into sick bay that afternoon, and half the ship's crew, just to look at Stew Cat and me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2008

    i love this book!

    i read this book because my teacher suggested it. i had read the first one 'The Cay' and i was eager to read the sequel ['Timothy of the Cay']i think that this truely was a great book! i loved it and i think you will too.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2006

    History of Timothy given

    After reading The Cay, I wanted to hear more about Timothy¿s life. This charismatic old man interested me, and I was sad when he died. Disappointed not to know anything of Timothy before the Hato and the Cay, I quickly read Timothy of the Cay. My curiosity for the vibrant history of a man, a man so passionate he gave his life for a child he barely even knew, was satisfied. When the 12 year old boy¿s first job was, at the last minute, given to a white boy instead, I was disturbed bye the deep rift racism had caused in the society he lived in. A colorful montage of Timothy¿s past, this book also serves another purpose. For those who were drawn in by Phillip¿s character, you will not be disappointed. As our young hero goes though surgery on his optic nerves, tension builds. What was timothy like as a child? Will Phillip see again, or die on the operating table? Read Timothy of the Cay to find out.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    Awesome Book!

    This book is really good and relate to the first book THE CAY

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2003

    WOW!

    Great book! Excellent to read! Answered unfinished questions! Little worse than the first, The Cay, which is the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Good Book

    We are presently reading this in my English/Literature Class. We are on Chapter 9, And so far We Love it! (Im Talking about THE CAY**) My Advice for you is that you shoukd get THE CAY & TIMOTHY OF THE CAY!! :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2002

    ooooh snap

    TIMOTHY OF THE CAY IS A REALLY GOOD SEQEUL TO THE FIRST BOOK. IN THE FIRST BOOK THERE WAS A LOT OF QEUSTIONS THAT WENT UNANSWERED LIKE WHERE DID TIMOTHY COME FROM WHAT IS IT LIKE THERE WHO WERE HIS PARENTS HOW DID HE GET ON THAT SHIP WHAT HAPPEND TO PHILLIP AFTER THE OPERATION DID HE GET TO GO BACK TO THE CAY WHAT WAS IT LIKE THERE TIMOTHY OF THE CAY ANSWERED ALL MY QUESTIONS I HAD AND MORE THIS IS A LOT OF QUESTIONS IF YOU SEE AND THEY WERE ALL PUT TO REST BY THIS BOOK TIMOTHY OF THE CAY HAD ITS FLAWS TO LIKE IT KEPT JUMPING AROUND FROM PAST TO PRESENT AND DIDNT STAY IN ONE PLACE AT ALL.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2002

    The book was glued to my hand.

    This book was amazingly great. When I read this book I was thinking about what I would have done in that situation. I couldn't belive that Phillp survived, blind on the cay by his self. I felt bad for Timothy when He had his bad times because he was black. This book just like many others that Theodore Taylor has wrote all show diversity, friend ship, the facts, and racisum. I highly recomend this book because of the emotion the sympothy the description. I hope you enjoy this book just as I had. :l

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Review

    Wow this book is aamazing timothy was such a lovley person I couldnt stop reading it. loved it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Loved it!!!!!

    This book is like the best book anyone can ever read i love it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2001

    The best book I have ever read!!!

    This book has got to be one of the best books I have ever read. The book dwells on the characters more then setting around them. So, while you are reading about a blind boy felling and thinking like you can¿t see you really want him to have surgery done so he can see again. The other chapter will be about a black child being judged upon by the color of his skin. So if like to read about the characters this is the book for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2000

    This Book Sucked

    This story jumped around to much. We were in the past the the future. Way to much movement. Often didn't tell if in past or present.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2000

    Eric Noble

    I think this book is cool i would recomnmend the cay and T of the cay to an yone

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2000

    Timothy Of the Cay was a book of good content

    I think that this book was very interesting. It is a great explanation of the way Timothy acts regarding the way he was brought up. It also was very intriging to see the way Philip lives his life differently after he is blinded. Although this book is somewhat confusing due to the fact that it is a prequel/sequel, I would highly recommed it to anyone who wants more from a little place we call 'THE CAY'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 1999

    It's ok

    This book was good, but confusing because of the different time changes. I honestly didn't really like the book, but Theodore Taylor is a good author.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Love it

    I had to read it for a school reading griup thing and I lov ethe cay but now there is a sequil YAY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Nice book

    This book is very good u would have to read the first book "the cay" so i would reccomend this book to anyone who likes a good boo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    The cay

    I read the frist book it was good pleaase read both books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    I love this book

    This sequel to Theador Tailor's The Cay is amazing. I would recomend it to anyone. Please read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Stew cat

    I wonder if stew cat survived.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Timothy of The Cay review

    Timothy of the cay was an amazing book, skillfully writen and with tasteful vocabulary glued me to the book.My review proves that this delightful sequal and The cay inspires all ages.
    -Megan, 12yrs.

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