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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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
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
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
I read this book in one night. When I first started reading, I wasn'...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
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
The book can be read in one sitting - but it's one of those feel good books that l...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
Set in East Harlem in 1969--the true events surrounding the 11 day occupation of the First Spanish Methodist Church in East Harlem in December 1969 --Young Lords--Puerto Rican nationalist group and civil rights group tried to get a local church to let them use space for a day care and breakfast program.
Amid clashes between the Young Lords and the police, Evelyn growing up and learning about her family's history and finding her own political voice. Caught between her traditio...more
By reading this story, I learned something. That doesn't necessarily happen every time when you're an adult reading books for younger readers. It's exciting that youth literature now includes stories about civil rights among many different groups of peop...more
My being from an area that spea...more