Books: Fiction

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

Book — Historical fiction. By Sonia Manzano. 2012. 224 pages.
A coming-of-age story set in New York’s El Barrio in 1969 using actual news accounts of the Young Lords taking control of their destinies.

Time Periods: 1961
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Latinx, Racism & Racial Identity

revofevelynserrano9780545325059Puerto Rican teenager Evelyn Serrano experiences two revolutions: the Young Lords coming to her community in East Harlem and her own coming of age. The two intertwine, making this an engaging and educational story for middle and high school students. Manzano sets her historical fiction in 1969, when the Young Lords occupy a church, starting a free breakfast and other community programs.

This is an ideal introduction for students to the Young Lords, a key yet seldom taught story of Puerto Ricans in the modern Civil Rights Movement.

ISBN: 9780545325059 | Scholastic Press