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Author Manzano, Sonia, author.

Title Becoming Maria : love and chaos in the South Bronx / Sonia Manzano.

Publication Info. New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Teen  TEEN 92 MANZANO    Check Shelf
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Biographies  92 BIOGRAPHY MANZANO    Check Shelf
 Bristol, Manross Branch - Young Adult  YA B MANZANO    Check Shelf
 Colchester, Cragin Memorial Library - Teen  YA 920 MAN    Check Shelf
 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Young Adult  YA B MANZANO SONIA M    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Young Adult  YA B MANZANO    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Young Adult  YA 92 MANZANO, SON    Check Shelf
 Simsbury Public Library - Teen  TEEN BIOGRAPHY MANZANO, SONIA    Check Shelf
 Southington Library - Teen  YA B MANZANO    Check Shelf
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Children's Department  Juv. 791.45 M296B    Check Shelf

Edition First edition.
Description 262 pages ; 22 cm
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Part 1. Fragments. Kid Diaper meets mystery girl ; Family beatings ; Poverty sing-along ; Invisible girl ; A Christmas fact of life ; Hunger camp ; Family mood swings ; Queen for a day ; Banishment, threats, and a suicide ; Buried treasure ; Breasts ; Knives in the oven -- Part 2. La lucha. Landing on Planet X ; Estupida ; West Side story ; Fight! Fight! Fight! ; Southern Boulevard ; Vanessa Delmonte ; Back to square one ; Worlds collide ; Agitation ; Down with Puerto Rico ; My dramatic life -- Part 3. The beginning. Performing arts ; Winner or loser? ; What skin am I in? ; The love and marriage bomb ; Oozing opportunist ; Free at last ; Stages of fear ; Black power ; Godspell ; Unhappy ending ; The beginning.
Study Program Accelerated Reader 5.5.
Reading Counts! 6.3.
Language Text in English.
Awards New York Times Notable Children's Book, 2015
Subject Manzano, Sonia -- Childhood and youth -- Juvenile literature.
Manzano, Sonia -- Family -- Juvenile literature.
Manzano, Sonia.
Manzano, Sonia -- Family.
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.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / General.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Issues).
Actors and actresses.
Television writers.
Hispanic American women.
Coming of age -- Bronx (New York, N.Y.)
Women -- Biography.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Autobiographies -- Young adult.
Young adult nonfiction.
Children's nonfiction. NZ-WeK
ISBN 9780545621847
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