The Cay

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This article is about the book. For the film based on the book, see The Cay (film).
The Cay
The Cay cover.jpg
Author Theodore Taylor
Country United States
Genre Survival
Publisher Avon
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 105 pp (first edition, paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-380-01003-8
OCLC 26874149
Followed by Timothy of the Cay

The Cay is a children's novel written by Theodore Taylor. It was published in 1969.

The Cay took only three weeks to complete.[citation needed] Taylor based the character of the boy in his book on a child who was aboard the Hato, when it was torpedoed, who drifts out to sea on a lifeboat. The novel was published in 1969 and dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr.


The Cay received Jane Addams Children's Book Award in 1970, but following criticism of the book, in 1976 the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom asked Taylor to return the award. Taylor complied, but stated the work was "a subtle plea for better race relations and more understanding."[1] The book later became required reading in schools in dozens of U.S. states as well as internationally.

Adaptation and sequel[edit]


  1. ^ Miller, Stephen (2006-10-30). "Theodore Taylor, 85, Children's Novelist". New York Sun. Retrieved 2010-09-25.