The Polish Trail
This book is a sequel to The Search for Sally. The protagonist, Sally, is an orphan at 12 years old. In the first book, Sally reunites with her Aunt Elena (Her Mother's sister), who traveled from the Philippines to Canada to search for her. In this sequel, Sally asks for her Aunt Elena's support to seek her father's roots in Poland.
She could smell the stench of stale beer enveloping the small, dark bedroom. Slivers of moonlight and starlight flitted through the thin white curtains covering the square window, casting strange and frightening shadows on the walls. Sally lay on her bed squirming, lifting her lean body, then plopping down, unable to bear the heavy weight on her.