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

Manzano, Sonia, author.
First edition.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
262 pages ; 22 cm
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.
Childrens subjects:
Coming of age -- Bronx (New York, N.Y.).
Actors and actresses.
Television writers.
Hispanic American women.
Women -- Biography.
Text in English.
"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.
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
Knives in the oven
Part 2. La lucha
Landing on Planet X
West Side story
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Southern Boulevard
Vanessa Delmonte
Back to square one
Worlds collide
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
Unhappy ending
The beginning.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Lisa Beth Deutsch Memorial Book Fund.
Lisa Beth Deutsch Memorial Book Fund.
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