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Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-177-7
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When teenaged Pia is sent to Hawaii’s leprosy settlement on Molokai Island in the 1860s, he chooses anger and self-reliance as his means of survival, but the faithful example of other villagers and one remarkable priest threaten to destroy his desire for revenge.This content is optimized for tablets.


"A memorable story of hope in the most desperate of circumstances. (author's notes, timeline, glossary, resources)" --Kirkus Reviews

"For readers who've only ever imagined Hawai'i as a vacation paradise, this is a riveting look into its history and people during a dark period. . . . Readers will find their compassion stirred and their interest piqued through this truly fine historical novel." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

* "This interesting and compelling read on an infrequently written-about topic will find an appropriate audience in a middle or a high school setting." --Library Media Connection, starred review

Meet the Author

Joyce Moyer Hostetter

Joyce Moyer Hostetter is the author of Blue, winner of the International Reading Association Children's Book Award, and other historical novels. She received a BA in early childhood education at Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. Since then, she has continued her studies on the graduate level in special education at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and art at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She lives with her husband in Hickory, North Carolina, near her two adult children and nine grandchildren.

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