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Reyna Grande

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Reyna Grande is the author of two novels, Across a Hundred Mountains, which received a 2007 American Book Award; Dancing with Butterflies, which received a 2010 International Latino Book Award. In her memoir, The Distance Between Us (Atria, 2012) Reyna recounts her experiences as a child left behind in Mexico when her parents emigrated to the U.S. in search of work, and her own journey to the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant at the age of nine. The L.A. Times hailed it as "the Angela's Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience." Kirkus called it a "standout immigrant coming-of-age story," and Publishers Weekly said that her memoir "captivates and inspires." The Distance Between Us will be republished September 2016 as a young reader ...more

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“What's the border, Papi?'
'Hills,' Her father whispered. 'Hills and bushes, that's all it is. But we must walk across it.'
'Papi, if it's just land, why can't we take the bus all the way there. Why must we walk across?'
'Because we don't have papers, Carmen. And even though it is just land, it represents a wall. We must go like thieves.'
Juana wished she could ask what the father meant by that. Hills and bushes, that's what the border was. How strange.”
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“And I didn't stop hating my name until many years later, when I realized that it wasn't a name to be ashamed of, but one to live up to.”
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“She saw a roach pass by her foot, and she instantly lifted it up and brought it down on the roach. She didn’t want anyone to see her shame. Not even roaches.”
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