Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx

Version: Unabridged
Author: Sonia Manzano
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Educational, American Politics, Autobiography
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Published In: September 2015
Length: 1 hour
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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 1970s 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."

Author Details

Author Details

Manzano, Sonia

Sonia Manzano is best known as Maria, one of the first Hispanic characters on "Sesame Street", a role she has delighted in for more than twenty years. She has earned fifteen Emmy Awards as a member of the "Sesame Street" writing staff, and is the author of the picture books "No Dogs Allowed!", "A Box Full of Kittens", and the Pura Belpre Award honored "The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano". Sonia Manzano lives in New York City with her husband.