Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx

By MANZANO, Sonia

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ISBN
9780545621847
Publisher
Scholastic


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on September 1, 2015  |  Middle to High School

Gr 9 Up—A groundbreaking Latina educator, TV personality, and award-winning children's book author shares a poignantly written memoir about growing up in the South Bronx. Manzano, known to many as Maria from Sesame Street, relates events from her youth with candor and childlike curiosity as she tries to find her place within her Puerto Rican family and the dominant white culture. Beginning with fragments from when she was a toddler and ending with her life-changing audition for Sesame Street, the book includes vignettes that offer glimpses of a singular coming of age that will resonate with many young people, regardless of socioeconomic background...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on September 1, 2015

Sonia Manzano, best known as Sesame Street’s (recently retired) Maria, recounts her Bronx childhood and adolescence in a sometimes-gritty, first-person, present-tense narration. She begins by conveying the confusion of her early years through a series of fragmented vignettes that shift between her father’s drunken abuse, her mother’s love, the instability of their living situation, and the various joys and sorrows of childhood. She ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2015

Manzano (<i>Sesame Street</i>'s recently retired Maria) recounts her Bronx childhood and adolescence in first-person, present-tense narration. After an intentionally...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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