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BENSENVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT 2: DON'T MISS IT: Bestselling author Reyna Grande visiting Bensenville


By Press release submission | Oct 15, 2019


Bensenville School District 2 recently issued the following announcement.

District 2 and Bensenville Community Public Library are delighted to welcome award winning author and inspirational speaker Reyna Grande to Bensenville on Thursday, October 24.

Reyna is the author of the bestselling memoir, The Distance Between Us, where she writes about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. The much-anticipated sequel, A Dream Called Home, was released in October 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.

During the day, Reyna will visit Blackhawk Middle School to meet with students in Nancy Donohue’s Newcomers class and with Julie Zabel’s Project Lit Book Club. In the evening, she will visit the library from 6:30-8:30 p.m. A limited number of copies of The Distance Between Us will be available for giveaway in English and Spanish.

Reyna entered the United States at age 9 as an undocumented immigrant to reunite with her parents. In The Distance Between Us, she shares her remarkable and inspiring story as she experiences life in her adopted country, discovers her voice, and in time embarks on the path that would eventually lead her to become a celebrated author. Her memoir for young readers beautifully captures the struggle that Reyna and her siblings endured while trying to assimilate to a different culture, language, and family life in “El Otro Lado” (The Other Side).

REyna has received the American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the International Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for the prestigious 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 and a 2016 Eureka! Honor Awards from the California Reading Association, and an International Literacy Association Children’s Book Award 2017.

Original source can be found here.

Source: Bensenville School District 2

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