The Cay

Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Exciting shipwreck adventure has anti-racism message.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 82 reviews

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age 18+

rude about blacks

i dont like it as a black mother for them to say things like they say.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 18+

Racist and insulting

I dont really care what this book has at the end but reading the 1st few pages as a black mother I find it insulting. My son came back from school in tears after book been read in class and his friends called him Timothy because he is black and dark skinned. It referes to timony as Negro, stupid, smelly. I think at this time and age this book is not the right way to ebd racism, it instead encourages it.

Book Details

  • Author: Theodore Taylor
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Topics: Adventures, Friendship, History
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • Publication date: November 17, 1987
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 137
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: January 19, 2021

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