Book Club Kit: Moloka’i

by Alan Brennert
First Published: 2003
10 Copies & Reading Guide

Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, 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.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Author Information, Reviews, and Discussion Questions

Publishers Weekly – “Moloka’i” reviewed 09/01/2003
Goodreads – Read reviews by fellow readers at Goodreads.

Alan Brennert’s Website:

More about Moloka’i, HI & the Settlement:
Wikipedia – Moloka’i, Kalaupapa Leprosy Settlement,
CBS News – “Last Days of a Leper Colony” by Bootie Cosgrove-mather
Remembering Kalaupapa – Includes Photos, FAQs, Letters, and more.
NPR – “Fear and Loathing in Hawaii: ‘Colony’” by Terry Gross (features The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Moloka’i by John Tayman)
Visit Moloka’i – Photo tours and info about the island

If you enjoyed Moloka’i, you might like:
Honolulu by Alan Brennert
Hawaii by James Michener
The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Book Club Kit) by Lisa See
Cutting for Stone (Book Club Kit) by Abraham Verghese

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