Press & Awards

International Book Awards

Children's Fiction Finalist
(May 2015)



Thrilled to announce that Gold in the Days of Summer was an award-winning finalist in the “Children’s Fiction” category of the 2015 International Book Awards! 

Here’s what they have to say from their press release: 

LOS ANGELES  –  USA Book News announced the winners and finalists of THE 2015 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) on May 21, 2015. Over 300 winners and finalists were announced in over 80 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2013, 2014 and 2015.Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USA Book News, said this year’s contest yielded over 1200 entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.

International Rubery Book Award

Children's Category Winner
(July 2014)



Gold in the Days of Summer was named to the International Rubery Book Award’s shortlist and was the 2014 Children’s Category winner. Based out of the UK,  the contest is open to any self-published or indie author in the world.

“An excellent, well-written and atmospheric story that looks at growing up, family life, love and understanding.  The book is suitable for the older child/young teenager,  and while there is no great adventure here, it has a charm that keeps you turning the pages…”


Publisher's Weekly Select Review

(October 2013)

In October of 2013, three months after its official release, Gold in the Days of Summer was one of 25 books chosen for a full review in Publisher’s Weekly PW Select catalog, a print supplement exclusively devoted to indie books. Check out the link or read the full review below:


It’s the summer of 1979, Annie’s 13th birthday is approaching, and change is in the sweltering air—none of it welcome. It’s Annie’s first summer without her best friend Ava, who is away at camp; the Vietnam veteran who lives next door, a confidante and adviser, is moving away; Connor, her neighborhood crush, seems smitten by the new girl moving into the vet’s house; and her grandmother is sinking into dementia, something her parents try to shield her from. Annie’s soulful attempts to sort things out are insightful and realistically muddled. Pogorzelski captures the sense of a girl holding onto the last days of a waning childhood—Annie prefers her memory-stained old sneakers to a new back-to-school pair, and she pans for gold in the local creek, which holds only rocks (“maybe everything was gold if you just looked at it the right way”)—but who also recognizes that her life is at a turning point and that she’s growing up. Relatable family dynamics enrich this promising debut. Ages 12–18.

Lancaster Sunday News

(September 2013)

Gold in the Days of Summer was featured in the Sunday edition of the local newspaper. Check out a copy of the article below.


Official Press Release