The Distance Between Us Young Readers Edition

 2017 Honor Book Award for the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

2016 Eureka! Honor Awards from the California Reading Association

International Literacy Association Children’s Book Award 2017


“This heartrending and thoughtful memoir puts a human face on immigration’s personal toll.”  Kirkus Review


Award-winning author Reyna Grande shares her compelling experience of crossing borders and cultures in this middle grade adaptation of her “compelling…unvarnished, resonant” (BookPage) memoir, The Distance Between Us.

When her parents make the dangerous and illegal trek across the Mexican border in pursuit of the American dream, Reyna and her siblings are forced to live with their stern grandmother, as they wait for their parents to build the foundation of a new life.

But when things don’t go quite as planned, Reyna finds herself preparing for her own journey to “El Otro Lado” to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years: her long-absent father. Both funny and heartbreaking, The Distance Between Us 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).


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