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The Cay


The Cay

Not. One. Word. (h/t Ashley)


  1. This book was adapted as a 1974 film with James Earl Jones. Excellent, by the way.

    I think the cover illustration stands on its own. No words necessary. And it is compelling as a “pick me up and browse” enticement.

    Very similar in theme to the first half of The Black Stallion. A book young boys would like a lot.

  2. Is Theodore Taylor’s stuff public domain these days? I’m pretty sure I’ve seen other covers for this particular title that don’t make the black guy look like a pederast.

  3. I remember reading that book when I was about 10, and it totally blew me away (no pun intended). When I re-read it a few years ago, the copy I got was the edition with this cover. I guess even mainstream publishers can phone it in when they’re just cranking out the Nth edition of an old classic.

  4. There was a copy of this in my fifth grade classroom. I believe it was a Scholastic imprint – a paperback. The cover was black with a little, grainy still shot of an elderly Bahamian man with a big, goofy grin. The cover above is actually better!

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