Last Dance on Holladay Street
By Elisa Carbone
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375828966, 208pp.)
Publication Date: March 8, 2005
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The year is 1878, and 13-year-old Eva has lost all the family she’s ever known. Eva feels like an orphan—but she’s not. Sadie Lewis, the woman who gave her up at birth, is alive and well in Denver. And Eva sets out to find her, carrying only an address on a slip of paper.
But Denver holds more surprises than Eva can bear. When she reaches 518 Holladay Street, she discovers Sadie Lewis’s shocking secret—a secret that lands Eva in a house of ill repute, forced to dance with strangers for her keep. But Eva knows in her bones that she’s free—and that she’s got to escape. In a novel that pulses with the sights, sounds, and wild dangers of the frontier West, Elisa Carbone explores the many faces that family, and freedom, can take.
Elisa Carbone is a full-time writer and a part-time windsurfer, rock climber, and lindy hop dancer. She is the mother of two grown children. The author lives in Maryland and West Virginia.