Becoming Maria (Digital Audiobook)

Love and Chaos in the South Bronx

By Sonia Manzano, Sonia Manzano (Narrator)

Publication Date: January 8, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (7/25/2017)
Hardcover (8/25/2015)
CD-Audio (10/25/2015)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (9/1/2015)
CD-Audio (10/27/2015)


The Pura Belpré 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 1970s 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.

About the Author


Sonia Manzano is the actress who defined the role of Maria on the acclaimed television series SESAME STREET. She has won fifteen Emmy Awards for her television writing and was twice nominated for an Emmy Award as best performer in a children’s series. Sonia is the author of the Pura Belpré Honor Book THE REVOLUTION OF EVELYN SERRANO, hailed in starred reviews by Kirkus as “stunning” and in Booklist as a “wry…moving” novel. The book was also cited by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Children’s Book of 2012. Adding to Sonia’s credits, People en Español magazine named her one of America’s most influential Hispanics, and she has been recognized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington, D.C. Sonia holds an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Notre Dame University. She lives in New York City with her husband.