The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano
Author: Sonia Manzano
Publisher: Scholastic Press (2014)
For ages 14 and up
There are two secrets Evelyn Serrano is keeping from her family—her true feelings about growing up in their Spanish Harlem neighborhood, and her attitude about Abuela, her sassy grandmother who’s come from Puerto Rico to live with them. Then, like an urgent ticking clock, events erupt that change everything.
The Young Lords, a Puerto Rican activist group, sets the street’s garbage on fire, igniting a powerful protest. When Abuela steps in to take charge, Evelyn is thrust into the action. Tempers flare, loyalties are tested. Through it all, Evelyn learns important truths about her Latino heritage and the history makers who shaped a cultural identity.
Award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano has crafted a gripping work of fiction reflecting her own experiences. Infused with actual news accounts from 1969, this stirring story reflects a fiery, unforgettable time in America, when young Latinos took control of their destinies.
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano is a Pura Belpré Author Honor Book.