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Reyna Grande

Author
Reyna Grande is the author of the bestselling memoir, The Distance Between Us, (Atria, 2012) where she writes about her experiences as an undocumented child immigrant and English Language Learner. The much-anticipated sequel, A Dream Called Home (Atria), was released on October 2018. Her other works include the novels, Across a Hundred Mountains, (Atria, 2006) and Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009) 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.
Born in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico, Reyna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, when she was nine, she entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant, and later went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college. She holds a B.A. in creative writing and film & video from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University.