East of Everywhere
We all want to know we're going somewhere we belong...
It’s been almost a decade since the end of the war, when the telegram first arrived at their house on Lennox Lane.
Four years since the apartment on Harker Street, where food was scarce and nights were long and their mother slept away her grief.
Three months since Janie was forced to leave her little brother, Brayden, and best friend, Leo, behind at Anthers Hall.
Two weeks since she stole a bicycle and ran away from the new children’s home on the other side of the state.
One day since she arrived in Montours City.
No one knows her secrets in this small town. If Janie is going to make it back to her brother and the only place she’s ever called home, she needs to keep it that way. But when a hard-hearted widow, a boy in a boxcar, and a dog named Panda weave their way into her life, Janie begins to wonder if what she’s searching for isn't better off laid to rest.
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"In Pogorzelski’s YA novel, an orphaned teen finds community in a small town. An often solemn but immersive story about finding a new home."
- Kirkus Indie Review
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"This was really moving to read. Stories of grief and emotional pain are not always the most fun to read, but this book gave me a sense of feeling that was quite unique. Janie deals with so much as a character that we can't help but feel for her. She experiences loneliness, loss, massive amounts of grief and suffering, and yet is still able to move along in trying to figure out how to find a successful situation for herself emotionally and physically. I appreciated the way we get to see some of the inner workings of her feelings as she navigates these massively emotional situations and think those are important to write about, though difficult to feel and express. The story moves well and the book itself looks professionally formatted. I liked the way the book ended off with Janie, and while that might not work for readers who prefer solid answers to the stories, it seemed to impress to me again that who Janie ends up being with is not the focus of the book, but the emotional growth and intense feeling she goes through is the most meaningful part of the reading."
- Judge, 30th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
"The story in this book wasn't flashy, but told a gentle story of life. I enjoyed that it moved back and forth along different timelines and slowly gave way to the full understanding of everything that occurred. I felt invested in the main character, wanting to know where she had been and where she was going." - GoodReads Review