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Publication Order of Cape Hatteras Trilogy Books

Teetoncey (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Teetoncey and Ben O'Neal (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Odyssey of Ben O'Neal (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Cay Books

Publication Order of Outer Banks Books

Stranger from the Sea (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Box of Treasures (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Into the Wind (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Tuck Books

Tuck Triumphant (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Body Trade (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rebellion Town, Williamsburg, 1776 (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Children's War (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweet Friday Island (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walking Up a Rainbow (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Maldonado Miracle (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stalker (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hostage (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sniper (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monocolo (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Weirdo (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Kill the Leopard (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bomb (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Sailor Returns (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boy Who Could Fly Without a Motor (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lord of the Kill (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ice Drift (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Billy the Kid (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Hello, Arctic! (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Magnificent Mitscher (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Air Raid--Pearl Harbor! (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Battle in the Arctic Sea (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Shepherd Watches, a Shepherd Sings (With: Louis Irigaray) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jule (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Battle Off Midway Island (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Battle in the English Channel (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rocket Island (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cats of Shambala (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
H. M. S. Hood Vs. Bismarck (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flight of Jesse Leroy Brown (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Making Love to Typewriters (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Avon Camelot Books

Lottie & Lisa (By: Erich Kastner) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summerdog Comes Home (By: George Albert Zabriskie) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Hippopotamus Ate the Teacher (By: Mike Thaler) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baseball Fever (By: Ray Cruz,Johanna Hurwitz) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Trouble with Tuck (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Irma and Jerry (By: George Selden) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Basic Fun (By: Susan Drake Lipscomb,Margaret Ann Zusnich) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Esp McGee (By: Edward Packard) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tunnel to Yesterday (By: Jerome Beatty Jr.) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bet You Can! Science Possibilities to Fool You (By: Vicki Cobb) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rich Mitch (By: Marjorie Weinman Sharmat) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summerdog (By: Thom Roberts) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bet You Can't! (By: Kathy Darling,Vicki Cobb) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Earth is Flat--And Other Great Mistakes (By: Laurence Pringle) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Behind the Attic Wall (By: Sylvia Cassedy) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peggy Fleming: Portrait of an Iceskater (By: Bruce Curtis,Stephanie Young) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gremlins (By: George Gipe) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maura's Angel (By: Lynne Reid Banks) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jellyfish Season (By: Mary Downing Hahn) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Book 1 (By: Andrew Glass,Catherine Edwards Sadler) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Get Rich Mitch! (By: Marjorie Weinman Sharmat) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery of the Melted Diamonds (By: Carol Farley) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ukrainian Egg Mystery (By: George E. Stanley) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moroccan Mystery (By: Thomas McKean) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ralph Fozbek and the Amazing Black Hole Patrol (By: Steve Senn) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flash Fry, Private Eye (By: Tim Schoch) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Anti-Peggy Plot (By: Thomas McKean) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best Joke Book for Kids 2 (By: Joan Eckstein) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Codebreaker Kids (By: George E. Stanley) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summer Camp Creeps (By: Tim Schoch) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Lost Look-Alike (By: Carol Farley) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Breezy (By: Leda Blumberg) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Racing the Sun (By: Paul Pitts) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anne Frank (By: Johanna Hurwitz) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Vanishing Villain (By: Carol Farley) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Something Upstairs (By: C.S. Adler) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Brother (By: C.S. Adler) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Haunting in Williamsburg (By: Lou Kassem) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Ever Kids' Book of Lists (By: Eugenie Allen) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ask Me Anything About the Presidents (By: Louis Phillips) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventures of King Midas (By: Lynne Reid Banks) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tons of Trash (By: Joan Rattner Heilman) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maria, a Christmas Story (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Travel Through Time (By: James M. Deem) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucie Babbidge's House (By: Sylvia Cassedy) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beardance (By: Will Hobbs) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas Countdown (By: Steve Englehart) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miss Yonkers Goes Bonkers (By: Mike Thaler) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mummy's Curse (By: Daniel Cohen) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Super Snoop Sam Snout and the Case of the Missing Marble (By: Anne C. Lemieux) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Main Street (By: Susan Kirby) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Comet Luck (By: Madge Harrah) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kwanzaa (By: Mildred Pitts Walter) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vampire Mom (By: Don Whittington) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Own Two Feet (By: Beverly Cleary) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spookhouse (By: Don Whittington) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Harry the Poisonous Centipede (By: Lynne Reid Banks) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Going for the Gold: Shannon Miller (By: Septima Green) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Four Perfect Pebbles (By: Lila Perl,Marion Blumenthal Lazan) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zombie Queen (By: Don Whittington) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Freak Show (By: Don Whittington) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Going to Net (By: Various) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lasting Echoes (By: Joseph Bruchac) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tracks in the Snow (By: Lucy Jane Bledsoe) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Danger Along the Ohio (By: Patricia Willis) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War (By: Anita Lobel) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night of the Chupacabras (By: Marie G. Lee) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
As Ever, Gordy (By: Mary Downing Hahn) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Becoming Felix (By: Nancy Hope Wilson) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Breakaway (By: Kimberley Griffiths Little) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mischief, Mad Mary, and Me (By: Dawn Knight) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's In Your Hands, Daisy P. Duckwitz (By: Jacqueline Shannon) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leaving Summer (By: Donal Harding) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flea Circus Summer (By: Cheryl Ware) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Calling Me Home (By: Patricia Hermes) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pizza That Time Forgot (By: William DeAndrea,Matthew Deandrea) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Me, Love My Broccoli (By: Julie Anne Peters) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Get on the Net (By: Robert Pondiscio) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don't Try This at Home! (By: Vicki Cobb) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bruce Coville's Shapeshifters (By: Bruce Coville) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Kids' Guide to America's Bill of Rights (By: Kathleen Krull) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bruce Coville's Alien Visitors (By: Bruce Coville) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Green Mango Magic (By: Sylvie Hossack) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Answers (By: Anne C. Lemieux) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Can of Worms (By: Kathy MacKel) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Orphan Journey Home (By: Liza Ketchum) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bearstone (By: Will Hobbs) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alice-by-Accident (By: Lynne Reid Banks) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death at Devil's Bridge (By: Cynthia C. DeFelice) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Theodore Taylor is an American author who died in 2006. Even though he wrote plenty of adult fiction, Theodore is best known for his young adult novels many of which were inspired by real-life experiences.


Theodore Taylor was born in 1921 in North Carolina, though he didn’t stay for long. Theodore’s life eventually took him all over the world. The author grew up during the Depression so he’s intimately acquainted with poverty.

By the time he was ten, Theodore Taylor was waking up before dawn to deliver newspapers in the hopes that he could contribute substantially to the family income. Theodore always got along perfectly well on his own.

He was always wandering the streets of his hometown, getting into a little bit of trouble and collecting experiences that would stay with him for the rest of his life. Writing came easily enough to the author.

He started experimenting with the habit at a young age. By the time he started his teens, the author was a prominent author in his high school, covering his school’s sporting events for the ‘Evening Star’, a publication in Portsmouth, Virginia.

By the time he was seventeen, Theodore Taylor was a copyboy for the Washington, D.C. Daily News. Money was still tight at the time and it took all of Theodore’s wits to survive so far from home.

After a stint writing for radio, Theodore followed his peers into the Second World War, serving as a cadet on a Merchant ship.

The author’s first book was ‘The Magnificent Mitscher’ which he wrote and got published in 1955. The book didn’t really get Theodore anywhere but that didn’t matter at the time because the author was too busy working as a press agent, a story editor and then an associate producer with Paramount Pictures.

Theodore loved the work. He met numerous interesting people like Clark Gable and Frank Sinatra as a result. The author garnered some success in the film business before finally deciding to give all his time to writing novels, both fiction and nonfiction.

The author’s first children’s novel was ‘The Cay’. ‘The Cay’ is still Theodore’s most popular novel to date. The book explores the trials of a white eleven-year-old boy called Phillip who, after going blind, is shipwrecked on an island with a black sailor called Timothy.

Because Philip was brought up to hate black people, he despises Timothy who is illiterate. However, as the pair fights various challenges in their efforts to survive, Phillip’s prejudice begins to fall away and he is forced to see the humanity of the black man taking care of him.

‘The Cay’ was a game changer when it was first published. One did not see many anti-racism books on the shelves at the time, at least not in the section of fiction. Theodore Taylor set precedence by aiming his book towards children.

The author was always vocal about his disgust for racism. The attitude was sparked by an incident during his childhood when Ku Klux Riders went by his house. The experience terrified him and he made it his objective to use fiction to attack racism.

Theodore determined that children’s books were the best way to get his message across because he believed people his age were too far gone and the only hope the United States had of beating racism was to educate children while they were still so malleable.

‘The Cay’ was extremely popular. It received numerous literary awards and was even made into a television movie featuring James Earl Jones in 1974. ‘The Maldonado Miracle’, another Theodore Taylor book, was also turned into a television movie by Salma Hayek in 2003. The project was Salma’s directorial debut.

Even though ‘The Cay’ was very popular, it was derided by certain groups that took offense with Theodore’s supposedly racist portrayal of Timothy. It wasn’t just his appearance that put some people off but Timothy’s accent.

Attempts were made to ban the book from schools and libraries. But even the demonstrations that followed were incapable of debilitating the popularity of ‘The Cay’ which became a staple in certain classrooms.

Theodore said he based the book on the story of an actual childhood friend who shocked him with the intensity of his hate for black people, hate that had been inculcated into him by his mother.

Theodore went on to write numerous other novels based on his experiences. Because he was always dipping into his life for inspiration, Theodore wasn’t always comfortable with the title of ‘Author’.

Rather, he came to describe himself as a reporter. Because he didn’t have the best imagination, Theodore saw fit to use real-life experiences to create his characters. For that reason, he went on to produce many nonfiction books.

Theodore Taylor’s hobbies included traveling and fishing.

+The Cay

Phillip isn’t the nicest boy. On his way to the United States aboard a Freighter, he thinks nothing of the suffering of others when the Germans invade Curacao. To Phillip, war is a game. The little boy couldn’t wait to witness the mayhem breakout first hand.

Then a torpedo struck his freighter and threw his life into chaos. When Phillip wakes up, he’s bobbing on the sea in a life raft with a black man called Timothy. Phillip’s mother always warned him about black people, so he is pretty wary of his companion.

Once the pair becomes castaways on a small island, Phillip’s prejudices begin falling away.

This is the book that put Theodore Taylor on the map. The book takes place during the Second World War. Phillip is a bratty white boy that is forced to confront his prejudices when a black man shows him kindness.

+Timothy of the Cay

This book is both a sequel and a prequel to the Cay. The Cay was about a young white boy called Phillip who is stranded on an Island with a black man by the names of Timothy.

In the sequel, readers follow Phillip as he is finally rescued. Once home, Phillip begins treatment to restore his eyesight. The boy’s hope is to go back to the Cay and see where he lived with Timothy with his own eyes.

This novel also takes readers into Timothy’s past and shows him as a young man with big dreams. Theodore wrote this sequel after readers wrote to him begging for more stories about Phillip and Timothy.

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