Fun Facts About the Author
This is me in second grade at Del Rosa Elementary.  This was a good year for me, because my second grade teacher really believed in me.  I think I annoyed my kindergarten and first grade teachers, because I talked too much.
  • Virginia was born and raised, Virginia Grace Brown, in San Bernardino, California.
  • Virginia attended Del Rosa and Mitchell Schools, Golden Valley Junior High, and Pacific High School.
  • The last names on her father's side of the family were Savage, Brown, Sheddy, and Bear.  This made her a Savage Brown Sheddy Bear!  Grr!
  • Grandma Brown gave the Brown children a baby goat when Virginia was just a baby herself.  Shevenli (goat's name) had to be fed by a baby bottle.  Since Virginia's mom had just weaned her from the bottle, Virginia didn't much like seeing the baby goat being fed this way.  She screamed and cried in rage. 
  • Virginia's mother raised chickens.  Sundays were chicken dinner, and it was often Virginia's job to pluck the feathers from the chicken before it was cooked.
  • The San Bernardino foothills were Virginia's playground, and although neighbors were few and far between, friends always wanted to play at Virginia's house.  It was so much fun to roam the hills, build forts, and ride stick horses through the chaparral.  At the end of the day, they returned home with the scent of sage in their clothes.
  • Virginia once got in trouble for feeding the neighbor's horse too many molasses-and-oats treats.  She would scale the fence into the horse corral, then clamber over the top of the door to the horse's stall.  Once inside, she had to climb to the top of the hayloft, where the treats were kept.  None of these barriers stopped her, but the neighbor's anger and talk with Virginia's father did.
  • Her father was a great tease.  He once chased Virginia through the sliding glass door with a frog.  She opened the door on the right, but ran through the door on the left.  Ouch!  But fourteen stitches later, she was just fine.
  • Her father also liked to catch snakes.  When he caught a baby rattle snake and put it in a jar for his friend, a herpetologist (snake scientist) at CSU San Bernardino, Virginia's mother put the jar in the refrigerator.  She wanted the rattler to go into hibernation, but imagine Virginia's surprise when she went to the refrigerator to get an after school snack!
  • Virginia was an exchange student when she was in high school.  She lived with a family in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.
  • She also returned to Mexico to study at the University of Guadalajara.
  • Virginia once worked at Thrifty's Drug Store for one day.  She giggled too much, and they didn't want her to return.
  • She graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
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Awards

2013 - First Place, International Latino Book Awards, Most Inspirational Youth Chapter Book
2013 - Second Place, International Latino Book Awards, Best Youth Chapter Fiction
2012 - Second Place, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards