Virginia Kamhi was born and raised in Southern California. The youngest of three sisters, she roamed the foothills surrounding her house, built forts, rode eucalyptus stick horses, and roller-skated on the badminton court her father had built. Once, when skating too fast, she skated right off the court and down the hill into a cactus patch!
Virginia loved to scare her friends by trying to steal honeycomb from the neighbor’s beehive without getting stung. Her mother, who was extremely allergic to bee stings, would carefully remove the bees that were tangled in Virginia’s hair with barbecue tongs. Virginia also loved playing with her Chihuahua, Eddie. She dressed him in doll clothes and pushed him about in a stroller. But most of all, she loved to read. She would grab a book and hide from her mom when it was time to do her chores, and at night, after the lights had been turned out, she read by flashlight.
Virginia retired from Ocean View School District (Oxnard, California), where she taught every grade from K-4, both bilingual and English-only classes. She studied writing for children at UCLA and wrote many stories to share with her students. She also was a fellow of the South Coast Writing Project and contributed to professional journals. This is her first children’s novel.
Virginia currently lives in Thousand Oaks, California, with her husband, Victor, and long-haired Chihuahua, Chiquita. Her grown son, Philip, lives in the San Francisco Bay area, and is now married to Florence Ko, the illustrator for Calling Him Dad . In her spare time, Virginia enjoys traveling all over the world, seeing new places, meeting new faces, and, of course, writing.