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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Proofs and Other Preliminaries

A few months ago I received my proof copy of  White Horse to Bucharest  from the printers. Never having laid eyes on a galley proof, I was surprised to find a stack of mini booklets stacked on top of each other, the printed cover folded neatly around the stack and secured with rubber bands.   Picture Picture Read more of this blog post »
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Growing Toward the Sun by Vila Gingerich
“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.”
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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
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Fire, Bed, and Bone by Henrietta Branford
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
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Daphne's Book by Mary Downing Hahn
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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
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“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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