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Reyna Grande



Imran Chaudhry

Reyna Grande is the author of the best-selling memoir, "The Distance Between Us," where she writes about her life before and after coming from Mexico to the United States as an undocumented immigrant. The much-anticipated sequel, "A Dream Called Home," was released in fall 2018. Her other works include the novels, "Across a Hundred Mountains," and "Dancing with Butterflies" which were published to critical acclaim. Her books have been adopted as the common read selection by schools, colleges and cities across the country.

Reyna has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the International Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Awards, and in 2015 she was honored with a Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. The young reader’s version of "The Distance Between Us" received a 2017 Honor Book Award for the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, a 2016 Eureka! Honor Awards from the California Reading Association, and an International Literacy Association Children’s Book Award 2017.

Currently, she teaches creative writing, travels across the country and abroad to give presentations about her books, and is at work on her next book.

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Books:
A Dream Called Home: A Memoir
Nuestras Raices
Atria Books
October 2018
ISBN 9781501171420
336 pages
$26.00, INSTOCK
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“The emotional and practical challenges for a young immigrant are on full display in Grande’s evocative, inspiring memoir. More/less

The Distance Between Us: A Memoir
Nuestras Raices
Atria Books; 35360th edition
August 2012
ISBN 9781451661774
325 pages
$25.00, OUTOFSTOCK
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Traces the author's experiences as an illegal child immigrant, describing her father's violent alcoholism, her efforts to obtain a higher education, and the inspiration of Latina authors.

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