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Yankee at Molokai

Yankee at Molokai by Eva K. Betz
By: (1897-1968)

Yankee at Molokai by Eva K. Betz is a touching and inspiring story based on true events. The book follows a young boy named Hawley, who is diagnosed with leprosy and sent to live in exile at the infamous Molokai leper colony in Hawaii. Despite the isolation and discrimination he faces, Hawley's resilience and determination shine through as he learns to adapt to his new surroundings and forge connections with his fellow residents.

Betz's vivid and descriptive writing brings the remote island of Molokai to life, painting a picture of the harsh yet beautiful landscape and the struggles faced by those living there. The characters are well-developed and realistic, each with their own unique personalities and backstories that add depth to the narrative.

The themes of compassion, perseverance, and the power of human connection are prominent throughout the story, making it a heartwarming and thought-provoking read. Overall, Yankee at Molokai is a compelling and emotional tale that captivates readers from beginning to end.

Book Description:
As a daring soldier in the Union Army, Ira Dutton earned the respect and affection of the men around him. Handsome and affable, he could have had a full social life when the war was over. But he felt that his "wild years" demanded atonement - and where could that better be found than in Molokai, where the ailing Father Damien needed help?

So he made a free gift of himself, his strength and his capacity for love. Deeply patriotic, he cultivated in his charges devotion to America. A vivid exciting story.

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