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The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano
There 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 th ...more
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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 about the living conditions in El Barrio.
The novel follo ...more
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 between her traditional mother and her anti-authori ...more
This book is a quick read that is packed with historical details and information. The author clearly did her research ...more
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 nonviolent social change. Manzano's details about Pu ...more
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 in history. It highlights a lesser-known event in t ...more
Genre: historical fiction
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" a different color than the rest of the title? Wh ...more
Genre: Historical Fiction Chapter Book
1. 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 not going to the hospital with Evelyn and her mother ...more
First of all, the title character is a major pill. She's constantly complaining, is pretty damned cruel towards her mother, and makes snap judgments about everyone and everything around her. Sure, she's fourteen years old, and as a rule, fourteen-year-olds kind of suck. But she's our central character and narrator--and I found it unenjoya ...more
But frankly ...more
I read this book in one night. When I first started reading, I wasn' ...more
I really e ...more
In The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, written in first person, by Sonia Manzano, the proverb "Don't try to cover the whole sky with the palm of your hand," is repeatedly mentioned through out the novel. The meaning of this proverb is, you cannot cover-up your past experiences no matter how bad they are. Each time this is mentioned in the novel, the person the proverb was directed to was being foolish. Rosa María Evelyn del Carmen Serrano, who refuses to be called Rosa, but wants to be called Evel...more
an excellent way to introduce younger readers to the meaning of revolution and how it can start with small actions, with the goal to liberate and/or help an oppressed people become equal within their society. one of the novel's faults is its quick flow, which feels like part of the plot has been left out. however, for a younger reader, it is just enough to pique their interest and want them to lea ...more
From getting involved into the protest activity, Evelyn learned about her own Puerto Rican heritage. This is a wonderful story that talks about different perspectives from three women's generation ...more
Would make a great read aloud, especially parts about what a revolution really is like. I also loved the mixing in of Spanish with English usually following in next sentence as a subtle way to pro ...more