Friday, December 14, 2012

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano - OPTIONAL

Manzano, Sonia The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, 224 pgs. Scholastic Press, 2012. $17.99. Language G (0 swears 0"f"); Mature Content G; Violence G.  

14-year-old Evelyn Serrano is old enough to take control of her own life.  She no longer wants to go by her first name "Rosa", and she has a job at the 5 and Dime, so she doesn't have to help in the family's bodega anymore.  But her Abuela has suddenly moved into Evelyn's room, and she is not what Evelyn expects of a grandmother.  From her drawn on eyebrows to her dyed red hair, her Abuela is different -- but her outspoken, political views are intriguing and when a radical group of students called The Young Lords, a group of Puerto Rican activists come into the barrio, Evelyn takes a side, but whose side, Mami’s or Abuela’s?  

Based on real events; Manzano uses a mix of fiction, fact and news stories to tell this piece of Puerto Rican/American History.  Read this book because Maria from Sesame Street wrote it.  However, the flow is choppy, the chapters are too short for the characters to show much depth and it’s not very exciting. 

EL, MS -  OPTIONAL Lisa Media Specialist

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