Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande

I just finished reading Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande and highly recommend it as required reading for anyone remotely interested in learning what life is like in Mexico.

The story follows a young woman named Juana as she struggles to deal with extreme poverty and events that occur because of it. Along the way, Juana meets Adeline, whose life forever changes the way Juana sees the world.

 After have pedaled the length of Mexico, this book opened my eyes to the hopes and dreams of the people I’ve see and gotten to know. Reyna’s vivid descriptions of the lives and dwellings of those living in extreme poverty have helped me see more than I did previously. As a child, the auther of Across a Hundred Mountains lived barefoot and penniless in a shack in southern Mexico. At the age of ten, she crossed into the USA illegally and took advantage of all the US has to offer. But even so, her experiences as a young child gave life to Juana in a way few writes could ever manage to do.

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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2 Responses to Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande

  1. Jack March 8, 2009 at 4:05 pm #

    I’ll check this out. BTW, thanks for all the inspiration. I’ve been feeling as if I have been there with you guys all the way.

    Take care,


  2. nancy March 9, 2009 at 8:55 am #

    My boys are totally determined to get there! Honestly, I don’t think we could call it quits now if we wanted to. the boys are having a blast and have no desire to stop right now. Yes, we know that could change at any point, but not quite yet!

    So Jack – how does it feel to be free at last?? I h ope you are taking advantage of it!

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