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Children's LiteratureLife is not easy on the plains of Colorado in 1878. Especially for a "colored" family living among rural whites. But Eva Wilkins has no complaints and is happy living with Daddy Walter and Mama Kate. Then Eva's world slowly begins to crumble. Daddy Walter dies, and Mama Kate soon follows. Before she dies, Mama Kate reassures Eva that she will watch over her from heaven, and Eva promises to make Mama Kate glad. Now, with no one to take her in, and armed only with a yellowing envelope with a fading return address, thirteen-year-old Eva sets out for Denver to find the woman who gave her up at birth. Big surprises await her. When she arrives at 518 Holladay Street she discovers that Sadie Lewis, her birth mother, is white. Not only that but the house where she lives is a brothel, one of those "houses of sin" filled with "fallen women" that the preacher talked about back home. What will Eva do now? Will she become "one of them" in order to survive? Or will she take matters into her own hands? Eva is only sure of one thing—Mama Kate would not be glad. This book, exploring the exploitation of women on the western frontier, is sure to please the fans of historical fiction. 2005, Random House Children's Books Ages 12 up.