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Author: Manzano, Sonia
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Year Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780545621847
Grades: Grades 7-12

Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in South Bronx

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This memoir by the Emmy Award winning actress whose forty-four year portrayal of “Maria” on the television show “Sesame Street” was an inspiration to millions, chronicles the coming of age of the extraordinary woman, Sonia Manzano. The deeply touching and often troubling account of a young Puerto Ricon girl growing up in 1970’s in the Bronx, New York, is told in a series of vignettes as Sonia lays out the gritty, raw reality of her early childhood, living amidst the squalor of a boisterous home filled with love and chaos. Sonia’s creative drive, resilience, and dreams keep her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times, with the final scene as her audition for “Sesame Street” leaving the reader with a sense that she walked right out of the book and onto the screen to capture the hearts of an entire generation. This inspiring autobiography is recommended for mature readers due to some domestic violence, profanities and references to the Hippie drug culture of the 1960’s. A second volume about Manzano’s career is avidly awaited.

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