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Reyna Grande

Biography

Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is an award-winning author, motivational speaker, and writing teacher. As a girl, she crossed the US–Mexico border to join her family in Los Angeles, a harrowing journey chronicled in THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist that has been adopted as the common read selection by over 20 schools and colleges and 14 cities across the country. Her other books include the novels ACROSS A HUNDRED MOUNTAINS, winner of a 2007 American Book Award, and DANCING WITH BUTTERFLIES, and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, Young Reader’s Version. She lives in Woodland, CA with her husband and two children.

Reyna Grande

Books by Reyna Grande

by Reyna Grande - Memoir, Nonfiction

When Reyna Grande was nine years old, she walked across the US–Mexico border in search of a home, desperate to be reunited with her parents. What she found instead was an indifferent mother, an abusive, alcoholic father, and a school system that belittled her heritage. With so few resources at her disposal, Reyna finds refuge in words, and it is her love of reading and writing that propels her to rise above until she achieves the impossible and is accepted to the University of California, Santa Cruz. The actual experience of American college life is intimidating and unfamiliar for someone like Reyna, but she holds fast to her vision of becoming a writer, only to discover she knows nothing about what it takes to make a career out of a dream.

by Reyna Grande - Autobiography, Biography

Born in Mexico and raised by her grandparents after her parents left to find work in the U.S., at nine years old, Reyna enters the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant to live with her father. Filled with hope, she quickly realizes that life in America is far from perfect. Reyna finds solace from a violent home in books and writing, inspired by the Latina voices she reads.