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The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,223 ratings  ·  246 reviews
One of America’s most influential Hispanics -- 'Maria' on Sesame Street -- presents a powerful novel set in New York's El Barrio in 1969

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
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press
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Milly Corneil Absolutely, especially if you are on the east coast where so many Puerto Ricans live. I grew up around them and it was a pleasure reading a little abo…moreAbsolutely, especially if you are on the east coast where so many Puerto Ricans live. I grew up around them and it was a pleasure reading a little about their heritage and struggles. Besides, it is written by one of my favorite people, Sonia Manzano, from Sesame Street...her first book. The book is easy to read and I would certainly considered it historical novel. (less)

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Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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...
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
"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 Serrano. I had heard of author Sonia Manzano, however
Louis Miller
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is a contemporary fiction hiding behind the guise of a late 1960's historical fiction. The reader follows the life of Evelyn, a impoverished young teenager living in New York during 1969. One day, her Abuela moves into her apartment, straight from Puerto Rico. Secretive and bizarre, Evelyn can't help but wonder if there's more to her family's past than she knows about. At the same time, new protesters calling themselves the "Young Lords" start helping around the neighborhood, asking wh ...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
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 her own mother and grandmother because of their p ...more
Kelly Hager
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 make things better in the neighborhood. And over th ...more
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diverse-lit
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 of the city, 'El barrio', makes the story so rela ...more
Beth E
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Edward Sullivan
An impressive debut novel offering an engaging family story and wonderful insight into a tumultuous time.
Lara Kareem
Aug 27, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
It’s good and all but I just couldn’t go on at 60% I just couldn’t really follow and I got bored 😞
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hispanic
good coming of age story about a young Puerto-Rican girl
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 teen strife, learning to respect and appreciate her ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
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 mother, that’s doubly true of her mother and her grandmother ...more
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: eng-748-ya-lit
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’s young adult females. While they are generally very res ...more
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 grandmother comes to visit, Evelyn is forced to ch ...more
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 and information. The author clearly did her research
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Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 between her traditional mother and her anti-authori
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 nonviolent social change. Manzano's details about Pu
Jen Canary
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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 in history. It highlights a lesser-known event in t
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 in my bag. Friends, apparently I am a GREAT decision make ...more
Mary Mayfield
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Audience: intermediate
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
Ann Nekola
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Audience: Intermediate, Teen, and Young adult
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
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun and educational book. I had never heard of The Young Lords activist group. I would love to know more about their community work, also about Ponce’s massacre. Unbelievable, public school teaches Puerto Rico’s History for 12 years, they never mentioned these historical facts. Puerto Rico’s history books must be rewritten.

The Young Lords were right. Making us hate the way we looked was a trick people in power played on us.
Valerie Pearson
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
It was good. Very quick. But definitely written at a younger level, so it felt more appropriate to that specific age group than an adult reader. At times it felt too simplified and I wanted more depth and details.

Love Sonia Manzano though. I highly recommend her memoir Becoming Maria.
Really welcome addition to the genre of coming of age ya fiction, especially with latinx characters. Plus, Maria from Sesame Street wrote it!
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multicultural
This was 1969 and I was going to work at the five and dime, which was exactly why my mother was mad at me. She has wanted me to work in the bodega, but it wasn’t my grocery store. It was hers and my stepfather’s.

Ever since my 14th birthday I told everyone I wanted to be called Evelyn. My full name is Rosa Maria Evelyn del Carmen Serrano. But I shortened it. El Barrio Spanish Harlem USA did not need another Rosa, Maria or Carmen. Evelyn. It was the least Puerto Rican sounding name I could have.

May 28, 2020 added it
Shelves: 8th-grade
Previewing books for J's 8th grade year. This one weaves history and culture with a good story, and I think she'll like knowing that the author was Maria on Sesame Street. ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano is a captivating book to read because Evelyn the protagonist is a Puerto Rican teenager who lives in this neighborhood called El Barrio which is the Spanish Harlem during the 1960’s.While Evelyn is growing up and getting to know more about her culture and herself , her environment is also changing by the help of the activist group called The Young Lords; Later on Evelyn and her community help to protest with The Young Lords to make their neighbo ...more
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Sonia Manzano (born June 12, 1950) is an American actress and writer. She is best known for playing Maria on Sesame Street from 1971 until her retirement in 2015.

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

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