Reyna Grande is an author, speaker, and educator. Her first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains (Atria 2006), received a 2007 American Book Award and the 2006 El Premio Aztlán Literary Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies (2009) was the recipient of a 2010 International Latino Book Awards. Reyna holds a B.A. and an M.F.A. in creative writing. The Distance Between Us (Atria, 2012), a memoir about her coming-of-age, is her most recent book. Publishers Weekly said of her memoir, "captivates and inspires," and Kirkus Reviews hailed it as, "A standout coming-of-age story."