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Old 12-31-2016, 07:05 AM
 
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My favorite all time novel to read/teach with my students was The Cay by Theodore Taylor. The kids loved it! Set during WWII in the Caribbean. Two main characters are an 11 year old American boy and an old Black man from the Caribbean who are stranded on a deserted island after the ship they are in is torpedoed by the Germans. It's a story of survival, friendship, racial prejudice, respect, and age. The kids fall in love with Timothy who is the old man. He's wise and teaches the boy, Phillip, who lost his vision from the explosion, how to survive on the island. Phillip learns to love and respect Timothy, having been raised by a mother who was prejudiced. The story is rich in figurative language, new vocabulary, and filled so many events and topics for discussion. There is an audio tape of the book well worth getting because it helps with the pronunciation of some words and Timothy's character is read in the native dialect, which the kids loved and got very good at doing too. This book made a lasting impact on my kids and is one of my favorite books ever. It definitely meets your wish for a substantial and challenging book, and it's a book your kids won't want to put down.
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