In The Shadow Of The Pali by Lisa Cindrich
A Story of the Hawaiian Leper Colony

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Liliha has promised herself she won't cry. If nothing else, the harsh words and slaps she received at the hand of her uncle taught her never to show her true feelings. It is his fault she has leprosy, and the anger in her heart makes her strong.

But she doesn't expect to find a place of anarchy, with no supervision and inadequate food and housing. "Haven't you heard about this place?" says one of the lepers. "In this place, there is no law."

Liliha will do what it takes to survive, even if it means a face-off with the violent woman who controls the rations. Even if she has to open her hardened heart to Manukekua, a boy her age, and Hana, a Christian woman who begins to teach her about forgiveness.

In this extraordinary first novel, Cindrich brings hope to horror, capturing a journey that teaches a lost girl more about love than she has ever known.

About Lisa Cindrich

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Cindrich received her B.A. in English at Georgetown University and her M.L.S. at the University of Illinois. She currently works as a librarian.
Published June 10, 2002 by G. P. Putnam's Sons. 245 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But the setting and the details of the terrible disease when there were no remedies except exclusion will hold readers, who will empathize with the characters and root for Liliha and her friends, although they know that she will die a terrible death.

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