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The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano
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Apr 26, 2016

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bookshelves: children-ya, fiction, history-historical
Read from October 17 to 19, 2012

HELLO, it's written by MARIA. I was so prepared to love this book. Is it totally unfair to compare it to One Crazy Summer? I really love both books for opening up the issues of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords to the middle grade audience, but this seemed to come up short. It started off great, but gradually lost me. The pacing seemed off--spending a lot of time on summer, then practically jumping to winter break, and then the whole stand off at the church seemed as if it were going on for several weeks or months, but we learn only a few days have passed. The characters from the five and dime seemed forgotten shortly after summer and then felt hastily planted at the end. Also, Evelyn's change of feelings towards her abuela at the very end really threw me for a loop--I felt as if that could have been given more attention. It's not a bad book, but it could be better.

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