Vila Gingerich

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Vila Gingerich grew up in Mennonite communities across the Midwest. She spent seven years doing volunteer work in Romania and now lives on fifty acres in Missouri with her husband, cats, and an overgrown veggie garden.

She was a winner of the 2014 Highlights for Children fiction contest and her work has been published in Highlights for Children and Purpose magazines.

Vila is the author of two middle-grade novels, both loosely based on her childhood--Growing Toward the Sun and Full Moon, Half a Heart--as well as a memoir anthology titled White Horse to Bucharest: Lessons Romania Taught Us.

Vila teaches sixth through eighth grades in a private Mennonite school. She tells her students that everyone has a special talent, good books take you plac
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“Bucharest is a faded old gal in a raggedy coat. Once called the “Little Paris of the East,” she has long lost her finery. A few parks and buildings dream of past grandeur, but the picture is spoiled by the concrete and steel mementoes of Communism on every side.”
Vila Gingerich, White Horse to Bucharest: Lessons Romania Taught Us

“In Romania, there is only one reason to own a pig: Christmas meat. In June, small pink loaves nuzzle up to nurse from fat sows. In August, the piglets frisk about on green grass, root for hidden treasures, and bask their plump sides in the sun. In October, they lumber up to feed troughs, grunting and shoving, their cuteness mostly a memory. In December, they die.”
Vila Gingerich, White Horse to Bucharest: Lessons Romania Taught Us

“I wanna know something,” Lexi said. “In mystery books, clues come flying out of nowhere in every single chapter. Why is ours so slow?”

I thought a second. “Books aren't like real life, I guess. Mom says we read books to escape. Like when we read Sally-Anne books, we go back to when everyone wore saddle shoes and poodle skirts and went to soda shops.”
Vila Gingerich, Growing Toward the Sun

“I wanna know something,” Lexi said. “In mystery books, clues come flying out of nowhere in every single chapter. Why is ours so slow?”

I thought a second. “Books aren't like real life, I guess. Mom says we read books to escape. Like when we read Sally-Anne books, we go back to when everyone wore saddle shoes and poodle skirts and went to soda shops.”
Vila Gingerich, Growing Toward the Sun




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