The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano
Page Count: 224
Age Range: 12 and up
It is the summer of 1969, and rotten garbage is piling up in Evelyn Serrano’s neighborhood. She lives in with her Mother and Father in El Barrio, the Spanish Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Despite being surrounded by the culture, she is not interested in her Puerto Rican heritage until her Grandmother moves into their tiny apartment and starts telling stories of Revolution. She gets involved with The Young Lords as they stage protests to bring attention to El Barrio, she learns the family secrets of her Grandmother, and she gets swept up in two revolutions: the one going on right outside her door, and the one in her heart.
This book is a good read for anyone interested in Puerto Rican or New York City history, and for readers who may themselves understand the struggle of finding their identity pulled in two separate directions.