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Becoming Maria love and chaos in the South Bronx

by Manzano, Sonia.

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"Pura Belpre Honor winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and one of America's most influential Hispanics--'Maria' on Sesame Street--delivers a beautifully wrought coming-of-age memoir. Set in the 1950s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream. Emmy award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano plunges us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving--and troubled. This is Sonia's own story rendered with an unforgettable narrative power. When readers meet young Sonia, she is a child living amidst the squalor of a boisterous home that is filled with noisy relatives and nosy neighbors. Each day she is glued to the TV screen that blots out the painful realities of her existence and also illuminates the possibilities that lie ahead. But--click!--when the TV goes off, Sonia is taken back to real-life--the cramped, colorful world of her neighborhood and an alcoholic father. But it is Sonia's dream of becoming an actress that keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times. Spiced with culture, heartache, and humor, this memoir paints a lasting portrait of a girl's resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions"--
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Though many adults may recognize Manzano as Maria from Sesame Street, she's likely more well known among today's teens as the author of the Pura Belpré-winning The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano (2012). In her present-tense memoir, Manzano, who grew up in 1950s South Bronx, examines her community, her family, and her ever-changing self with a wide-eyed curiosity. She struggles to make sense of her mother's decisions, such as staying with an abusive husband and trading in a hardscrabble existence in Puerto Rico for an equally challenging life in the U.S. It's Manzano's gift for theater that provides her the opportunity of a lifetime, and thanks to her talent, she attends a performing-arts high school and then Carnegie Mellon. This beautifully rendered coming-of-age story calls to mind Betty Smith's classic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Though it's a bit slow moving at times and would have benefited from a time line to help ground readers, this is nevertheless an inspiring portrait of resiliency and a time capsule for a New York that now feels like a distant memory.--Barnes, Jennifer Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Actress Manzano, known for her role as Maria on Sesame Street, chronicles her formative years in a troubled household in 1950s and '60s New York City with a voice that conveys a slow-burning audacity and the internal glimmer of lightness of a true dreamer. She narrates her life, rough spots and all, with unflinching honesty in words and tone. She growls when recalling anger, lightens up with laughter when narrating happier times. She gives distinct voices to different people in her life. Her parents' speak with thick Puerto Rican accents and she performs with a breathy Marilyn Monroe voice for a glamorous friend, while her aunts sound blustery and brassy. The audio edition of her memoir will grab listeners from the get-go Ages 12-up. A Scholastic Press hardcover. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Manzano, Sonia
Manzano, Sonia Family
Manzano, Sonia Childhood and youth Juvenile literature
Manzano, Sonia Family Juvenile literature
Coming of age Bronx (New York, N.Y.)
Actors and actresses
Television writers
Hispanic American women
Women Biography
Coming of age Juvenile literature
Television actors and actresses United States Biography Juvenile literature
Television writers United States Biography Juvenile literature
Hispanic American women Biography Juvenile literature
Biography & Autobiography
Family & Relationships
Young Adult Nonfiction
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :Scholastic Inc.2015
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience Text Difficulty 4
UG/Upper grades (9th-12)
Language English
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Format: Kindle Book
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ISBN 9780545621861
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