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Grinza's Orchard
Featured Grinza’s Orchard Grinza’s Orchard is the story of a Gypsy girl growing up in the early 1900’s in Romania. At five years old she is gifted her own cherry tree and it becomes the centerpiece of the story as she grows up dreaming of one day having her own full-blown cherry orchard. To deal with some of the problems that she faces such as an unwanted boy who is attracted to her, a terribly hard decision she has to make to save her parents from illness during the coldest winter on record in their village, achieving her life’s dream of having her own cherry orchard and then suddenly losing it, she seeks help with visits to the witch Auntie Angelina and the Guru Sylvanus, who lives in a cave atop a nearby mountain. The story follows Grinza, her husband Clopin, and their children’s lives in the small gypsy village of Cojasca. You will fall in love with Grinza… Laugh with her as she is willing to try anything to get rid of her freckles… cry with her as she gives up her greatest possession to save her parents… cheer for her as she reaches her lifelong dream… and follow her as she grows up, gets married and has children of her own.

Carleen Markivich

5.0 out of 5 stars A story that comes full circle

Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2020

This work of Fiction is definitely hard to believe that it isn’t a real fable or even a tale of an actual person’s life. The author was very descriptive and detailed with the scenery and setting the stage for the story. There are a few pictures in this book and it adds on to help with the visual imagery. I love that the reader is taken on a journey through Grinza’s life in the early 1900’s. I love the factual information regarding the Great Depression and even World War I. It’s hard not to fall in love with these characters; aside from Noah, he’s easy to dislike. Even though this work is fiction, I believe the author does a nice job adding in some actual Gypsy culture. I would highly recommend this book for upper elementary students through adulthood. The reading pace is fast and the author keeps the reader engaged throughout.