Moloka’i by Alan Brennert.
This richly imagined novel set in Hawai’i is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl in the late1890’s, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i. Here her life is supposed to end—but instead she discovers it is only just beginning. The book is a story of tragedy, hope, the absorption of Hawaii by the United States, leprosy, early aviation and so much more. Please join us. Copies of the book are available at the library.