The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

One of America’s most influential Hispanics -- 'Maria' on Sesame Street -- presents a powerful novel set in New York's El Barrio in 1969There are two secrets Evelyn Serrano is keeping from her Mami and Papo? her true feelings about growing up in her Spanish Harlem neighborhood, and her attitude about Abuela, her sassy grandmother who's come from Puerto Rico to live with them. Then, like an urgent ticking clock, events erupt that change everythi...

Details The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

TitleThe Revolution of Evelyn Serrano
Release DateSep 1st, 2012
PublisherScholastic Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Cultural, Realistic Fiction

Reviews The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

  • Alma Ramos-McDermott
    Before I begin my review of this fiction book which has many true elements contained within it, I want to tell the world “Yo soy Puertorriqueña” (I am Puerto Rican), and I was more proud of my heritage than ever after reading Sonia Manzano’s book. Read the rest of my review at: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.c...
  • Saleh MoonWalker
    سال 1969 و اولین سرانو هم 14 سالشه. نمیتونه اسپانیایی صحبت کنه ولی اگه باهاش صحبت کنن متوجه میشه. ابتدای داستان رابطه ی پر تنش او و مادر و مادربزرگش رو بیان میکنه. رابطه ای خانوادگی تلخه و خانواده ش ازش سو استفاده میکنن. کم کم متوجه حق و حقوق خودش میشه و ا...
  • TheBookSmugglers
    This is a review brought to you by two hands.On the one hand, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano is an incredibly engaging, thoughtful novel featuring a young girl learning about her own history.Rosa María Evelyn del Carmen Serrano is the daughter of Puerto Ricans living in El Barrio, the Spanish Harlem neighbourhood in the 60s, at that point in time when change is coming – when the Young Lords, a Puerto Rican activist group start protesting abo...
  • Barbara
    It is 1969, and fourteen-year-old Evelyn Serrano has decided to forgo her first name, Rosa, because it is such a common name in her Spanish Harlem neighborhood, filled with the languages, foods, and cultures of immigrants. Evelyn herself speaks little Spanish although she can understand it when it is spoken to her. When her grandmother temporarily moves in with Evelyn's family, she at first resents her presence and the tension that builds between...
  • Kelly Hager
    In 1969, Evelyn Serrano was living with her mom and stepfather in New York's Puerto Rican neighborhood (El Barrio). She doesn't really like her neighborhood or her real name (Rosa---Evelyn is one of her middle names and what she's chosen to go by). Then her grandmother moves in and an activist group called the Young Lords begin protesting. Evelyn is fascinated by both---Abuela has these amazing stories and the Young Lords really do just want to m...
  • Valerie Pearson
    Written by Sonia Manzano (of Maria from Sesame Street fame), this YA novel tells the story of Evelyn Serrano, a young Puerto Rican girl living in 1969 East Harlem. I found this a delightful and gently educational look at a time in history I have little knowledge of. A nice balance of suspense and drama.
  • Jim
    A good young adult, maybe even younger, story featuring Puerto Ricans in the late 1960s as they join the political activism of that generation. Interesting insights into the relationship among three generations of one family in Spanish Harlem. Some readers may not find it challenging enough, but I like that many younger readers will enjoy, and it may even send some toward greater research into the history and culture.
  • Cynthia
    Really welcome addition to the genre of coming of age ya fiction, especially with latinx characters. Plus, Maria from Sesame Street wrote it!
  • Melissa Barbier
    This book is about a Puerto Rican neighborhood in New York in 1969. It is mainly about the activism that occurred there with the group called the Young Lords. This group set fire to the overflowing garbage cans on the streets to raise awareness that there was not regular garbage pickup. Meanwhile, the main character, Evelyn (who is going by Evelyn because she wants to shorten her Hispanic name of Rosa Maria Evelyn del Carmen Serrano) deals with t...
  • Tasha
    It’s the summer of 1969 and garbage is piling up on the streets of Spanish Harlem. Evelyn, who has changed her name from Rosa, has a new job at the Five and Dime. It’s a lot better than her job in the family’s bodega. But that summer is not going to be a normal summer at all. First, Evelyn’s grandmother arrives, complete with large amounts of stylish clothes, makeup and books in Spanish. If Evelyn thought she didn’t get along with her m...
  • LauraR
    This telling story is an award winning book which depicts the story of Evelyn Serrano, a young girl whose name used to be Rosa, and her family's life in a traditional Spanish neighborhood. Reading this book online was a great experience and due to the fact that there weren't any pictures, it seemed as though there wasn't a difference between the print version and the ebook version. When her neighborhood begins to experience some changes, and her ...
  • Rosa
    Evelyn's grandmother comes to visit and Evelyn gets swept up in her grandmother and mother's feud. Her grandmother was a revolutionary in Puerto Rico and her mother was frequently left behind, so there are a lot of hurt feelings. Then all three of them get swept into a demonstration by the Young Lords, a group that was trying to make things better for Puerto Rican's in the 1960s. This book is a quick read that is packed with historical details an...
  • BAYA Librarian
    Set in East Harlem, the book tells the true events surrounding the 11 day occupation of the First Spanish Methodist Church in December 1969. The Young Lords, a Puerto Rican nationalist and civil rights group tried to get the church to let them use space for a day care and breakfast program.Amid clashes between the Young Lords and the police, Evelyn is growing up and learning about her family's history and finding her own political voice. Caught b...
  • Lisa Suchy
    Evelyn Serrano, a fourteen year old girl lives in a Puerto Rican neighborhood in New York is going through a lot of changes. Her Abuela comes to live with her and her family and she finds out some interesting information as things are happening before her eyes. The year is 1969 and much is going in Evelyn’s world. The book goes through stages of the Young Lords movement, a Puerto Rican activist group, and discusses how Evelyn sees and feels abo...
  • Jen Canary
    I can't remember where I heard of this book, but I put it on my to-read list because it was written by "Maria" from Sesame Street. That great TV institution started when I was a toddler so I grew up with it at its very newest and youngest, and I loved Maria right along with my love for Captain Kangaroo.This was a wonderful story of a family of women seen through the eyes of the youngest of the three generations and set during a fascinating time i...
  • Jamila
    I enjoyed hearing Sonia Manzano read this in person at JCLC 2012. I enjoyed reading it at home, not so much because the narrative is choppy. The chapters are too short; thus, the novel lacks rhythm. Though, the short chapters will work for tweens and reluctant readers.Despite my criticism of the novel's flow, this book is an important and necessary addition to historical fiction novels for teens. I love that it highlights protest movements and no...
  • April
    It never fails to surprise me how some of the books not getting big buzz turn out to be hidden gems. The Revolution Of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano was a book that I picked up on a whim at the Book Blogger Convention. None of the other books we could choose from for our grab bags looked interesting to me, and so not know anything about the book except that the word ‘revolution’ is in the title and it’s published by Scholastic, I put it i...
  • Mary Mayfield
    Audience: intermediateGenre: historical fictionQuestions Remembering- Evelyn has a new job. Where was that job? Where did her mother want her to work? Understanding- Describe what the Young Lords did the first time they went to the church. Applying- What would you have done if you had to choose to sit with your mother one one side of the church or your grandmother on the other side? Analyzing - Why is the title written with the letters "evolution...
  • Ann Nekola
    Audience: Intermediate, Teen, and Young adultGenre: Historical Fiction Chapter Book1. Remembering-What is Evelyn's full name and why did she shorten it to just Evelyn?2. Understanding-Retell the story from Angel's point of view.3. Applying-How is the population of South Omaha similar to the population of Spanish Harlem?4. Analyzing-Compare the two mothering styles of Evelyn's mother and her Grandmother.5. Evaluating-Justify Abuela's actions of no...
  • Maria
    The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano gives a great insight within the latino culture. I honestly related to the her family in so many ways. Being second generation in the US, you sometimes forget your roots and kind of become americanized in a way. In the book Evelyn struggles to identify her self socially but when her grandmother comes she soon learns so many new things about her own culture. The fact that this story takes place in a low income part...
  • Beth E
    I was drawn to read this book because of the author's work on Sesame Street, but the book stands up in its own right. It's a wonderful Bildungsroman. Evelyn Serrano is a rebellious teenager when she gets caught up in the Civil Rights movement of summer 1969. In the process, she gets to know her grandmother, develops a much better relationship with her mother, and learns to be proud of her Puerto Rican ancestry.
  • Edward Sullivan
    An impressive debut novel offering an engaging family story and wonderful insight into a tumultuous time.
  • Josiah
    "When we think of revolutions, we think of big public displays of violence, but revolutions come in all shapes and sizes. I've always been interested in people's internal revolutions because those are the ones that govern their everyday actions and, by progression, a community's life." —The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, P. 211 Before attending a promotional author event for this book, I must admit I had never heard of The Revolution of Evelyn S...
  • Danielle
    One of the important aspects about YA literature is that it can help young adults find their voice. Averback’s 1998 article emphasizes the importance of advocating for themselves. She discusses the typically silenced voices of females, and how intellectually gifted girls are stuck with the identity of being “quiet, responsible, and caring” (383). While this was definitely true for me, I think our culture has dramatically changed for today...
  • Cassidy Crawford
    The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano is a historical fiction book published in 2010 about a girl living through the protests led by the Young Lords in El Barrio. I liked that this story is focused around the culture and lives of Puerto Rican Americans during the 60's because often times history tends to focus on other movements during this time. This book could be a way for students from a similar background or culture to relate to text and books tha...
  • Daisy
    Evelyn Serrano is a 14 year old Puerto Rican girl living with her mom and step dad in East Harlem, New York. Evelyn's activist grandmother comes to live with them in their tiny apartment. East Harlem's garbage is piled up high in the streets and the community is fed up with the city's lack of response to their needs. A group of Puerto Rican activists called the Young Lords light the garbage on fire and begin a revolution in the neighborhood. Evel...
  • Jeni Enjaian
    I found myself incredibly intrigued by this book. When I started compiling a list of possible titles to offer for my students to choose from for their upcoming book club, I stumbled upon this one and decided to include it as both a way to broaden the scope and appeal to the majority Hispanic population of my class. I knew nothing about this period of history, specifically the Puerto Rican aspect. I knew of other things during the time period, of ...
  • Pat
    Love Maria from Sesame Street--always did. This book though seems kind of shallow and not just because it is a Young Adult book. I mean many Young Adult books I've read are definitely suitable for Adults! Maybe more clearly should be read by all adults. This book, although it revealed some pieces of history that I was pretty unaware of, just didn't come off as Young Adult. Maybe more like Middle Grade. I don't know. I just didn't think it was wel...