April 20, 2018

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Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx

Sonia Manzano. Scholastic.

Gr 9 Up–A heartbreaking memoir about how the iconic Latina educator and TV personality found her way to Sesame Street from her modest upbringing in the South Bronx. Opening with fragments from her early childhood and ending with her life-changing audition for the educational program, the book includes vignettes that offer glimpses of a singular coming-of-age filled with poverty and violence but also with love and music. A stark and powerful work.

Video: Daniel José Older Talks to Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street’s ‘Maria,’ About Her Memoir

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  1. I always knew YOU were amazing!!
    Happy Holidays!
    I will purchase your book and read it with love..

  2. You are Amazing!!!