What is the climax in the novel The Cay?

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I suppose it could be argued that there are two possible climaxes in Theodore Taylor's novel, The Cay. The most obvious would be when Phillip is rescued from his long stay on the island and is eventually reunited with his parents. It serves to complete the story of his castaway stay on the island; however, it is not a typically climactic scene--in fact it seems somewhat anti-climactic following the suspenseful buildup that occurs when the hurricane hits the island and results in Timothy's death. The hurricane and the death of Timothy is certainly the highest peak of action in the novel, but since Phillip's life continues for a while longer, his rescue would probably be a more logical choice.