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Preview — The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano
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
This book is a quick read that is packed with historical details and information. The author clearly did her research ...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 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
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
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
—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 Serrano. I had heard of author Sonia Manzano, howeve ...more
The main characters in The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano are: Evelyn Serrano, Evelyn’s Abuela, and Evelyn’s Mami (yes, those are the way the characters are referenced in the book, and their actual names are not given).
For Evelyn I would recommend the book When I Was a Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago. Santigo’s book is an autobiography of her life, growing up in Puerto ...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
Manzano, L. (2012). The revolution of Evelyn Serrano. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.
Age/Grade Level: (Ages 12+, Middle Grades 6 –10, Mid Adolescent)
Growing up Puerto Rican in Harlem, Rosa (Evelyn) tries to “Americanize” herself by changing her name and keeping quiet about her heritage. When her Abuela comes to stay, she learns of a new world of protest and becomes entwined in the revolution led by the Young Lords. Rosa’s experiences results in a greater un ...more
What I especially enjoyed about Revolution of Evelyn Serrano was that the author included historical events from Puerto Rico as well as the Spanish Harlem neighborhood in New York. The book centers around young Evelyn Serrano who doesn't go by her real first name (Rosa) or care ...more
Manzano was born in New York City and was raised in South Bronx. Her parents moved to New York from Puerto Rico. Manzano attended the High School of Performing Arts, where she began her acting career. She attended Carnegie Mellon Universi ...more