Book Review #293 : The Cay #bookaday

The Cay coverby Theodore Taylor
Historical/survival fiction
Interest level: 5-8
Reading level: 5.0
4 out of 5 stars


I held off from reading this book for quite awhile because, quite frankly, I don’t like the cover. Anyone who says they don’t judge a book by it’s cover isn’t telling the whole truth — we all do this! This is one of those older classics that could use a new look in order to generate a renewed interest in it. If you can get past the awful cover, the story is really very good.

World War II reaches the tiny island of Curacao and changes the life of a young boy named Phillip. As Phillip and his mother try to escape the island, their boat is torpedoed. Phillips must rely on an old West Indian man named Timothy for survival. This story is historical fiction that provides insight into wartime issues, race relations, and friendship. The story is a quick read that is action-packed and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Give it 25 pages, and I think you’ll be hooked!

I was wrong to put off reading this book for so long, but it really does need a new cover!!

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