The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano
If you think that you've heard the name Sonia Manzano before, then you would be right. Most recognized for her role as Maria on the acclaimed television show, Sesame Street, Manzano has written her first novel The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano. Set in 1969 Spanish Harlem readers are introduced to14 year old, Rosa Maria Evelyn del Carmen Serrano. Rosa is caught at a crossroads between recognizing and understanding the traditions of her Puerto Rican neighborhood - El Barrio, and a desire to "fit-in" and just be like everyone else. She doesn't even want to be called Rosa anymore, she prefers Evelyn because it is "the least Puerto Rican-sounding name" she could have. Just as Evelyn begins to redefine herself, she is met with two unexpected challenges, the arrival of her intensely proud Puerto Rican Abuela and the community activism of a group of students, the Young Lords. With her newfound ideals in question Evelyn has to decide whether she will embrace who she truly is, or if she will change to fit who she believes she should be. This fast-paced, coming of age story definitely keeps the reader turning the page. Manzano delivers a great work of fiction with rich historical context that expertly weaves fact and fiction.