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The Cay

The Cay


by Theodore Taylor

The Cay Resources


Official Theodore Taylor Website

Check out the homepage of the author, which includes info on his books and his life.

Curaçao: History

Learn about the long and tumultuous history of the island where Phillip lived with his family.

World War II

Want to know more about what it was like for everyday people to live through World War II? Check out this BBC website geared toward kids.

Movie or TV Productions

The Cay (1974)

This made-for-TV adaptation stars James Earl Jones.

Articles & Interviews

"Moray Eels Grab Prey with 'Alien' Jaws," Sara B. McPherson, National Geographic

A great article about the creature Phillip suspects grabbed his hand down in the fishing hole.

Taylor Obituary

Read the obituary the Washington Post wrote on Taylor when he passed away in 2006.

"Return to the Cay"

An article about the controversy surrounding the character of Timothy, and also Taylor's prequel Timothy and the Cay.


WWII Newsreel

Check out this World War II artifact: a newsreel about a German U-Boat near Curaçao.


What does Willemstad look like today? Check out this live webcam set up in Willemstad, Curaçao.


What does a hurricane in the Caribbean look like?

The Inspiration for the Cay

Watch this interview with Theodore Taylor. He talks about his life and also about how he came up with his idea for The Cay. (Hint: It has to do with the real-life torpedoing of a ship and a boy stranded on a raft.)


Map of Netherlands Antilles

See where Phillip lived on Curaçao.

Moray eel


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