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Coming Up Cuban

I am excited to kick the week off by hosting a spot on the COMING UP CUBAN by Sonia Manzano Blog Tour, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 

About The Book

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Title: COMING UP CUBAN: Rising Past Castro’s Shadow

Author: Sonia Manzano

Pub. Date: August 2, 2022

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 320

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD,

From Pura Belpré Honoree and Emmy-award winning actor Sonia Manzano–best known as “Maria” from Sesame Street–comes the expansive and timeless story of four children who must carve out a path for themselves in the wake of Fidel Castro’s rise to power.

Fifteen-time Emmy Award winner and Pura Belpre honoree Sonia Manzano examines the impact of the 1959 Cuban Revolution on four children from very different walks of life. In the wake of a new regime in Cuba, Ana, Miguel, Zulema, and Juan learn to find a place for themselves in a world forever changed. In a tumultuous moment of history, we see the lasting effects of a revolution in Havana, the countryside, Miami, and New York. Through these snapshot stories, we are reminded that regardless of any tumultuous times, we are all forever connected in our humanity.

Review of Coming Up Cuban

I’m embarrassed to admit I knew nothing of Fidel Castro. What an eye-opening book Coming Up Cuban is. We follow the story of four children with four sides of the story. A family who believed in the cause until they saw people lined up and shot. A child sent to America to grow up in an orphanage, to suffer ridicule, and to work harder than he ever had before. A family that had teachers come to their house for Castro School – until anti-revolutionaries began killing the teachers. Children who are brainwashed and taught to snitch to help themselves, even when their best friend’s parents work for Castro.

The story kept me turning pages. Content had my jaw on the ground. The short chapters encouraged “just one more” too often. Overall, this is a fantastic story – sadly, it’s based on a true story in history!

About the Author

SONIA MANZANO is a groundbreaking Latina educator, executive television producer,  and award-winning children’s book author. A first-generation mainland Puerto Rican, she  has affected the lives of millions of parents and children since she was offered the  opportunity to play “Maria” on Sesame Street (which she continued to do for 44 years,  from 1971-2015).

Manzano has received 15 Emmys for writing television scripts, the  Congressional Hispanic Caucus Award, the Hispanic Heritage Award for Education, and a  Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Arts and Sciences. People magazine  named Sonia one of America’s most influential Hispanics. Her critically acclaimed  children’s books include The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, which won a Pura Belpré  Honor Award, and the stunning young adult memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in  the South Bronx. Currently she is working on Alma’s Way, an animated series with Fred  Rogers Productions that will air on PBS. Manzano resides in New York City with her  husband Richard Reagan, whom she married in 1986, and their daughter Gabriela.

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Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive a finished copy of COMING UP CUBAN, US Only.

Ends August 9th midnight EST.

Enter the GIVEAWAY and GOOD LUCK to you!

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Coming Up Cuban Tour Schedule

Week One:

7/18/2022The Clever Reader Excerpt/IG Post
7/19/2022What A Nerd Girl SaysExcerpt/IG Post
7/20/2022brittreadsalattebooks IG Post
7/21/2022Kait Plus BooksExcerpt/IG Post
7/22/2022Ya Books CentralExcerpt/IG Post
7/23/2022BookHounds YA Excerpt/IG Post

Week Two:

7/24/2022Author Z. Knight’s GuildExcerpt
7/25/2022Lady HawkeyeExcerpt/IG Post
7/26/2022hodophile_zIG Review
7/27/2022Lisa Loves LiteratureReview/IG Post
7/28/2022FictionalFey IG Review
7/29/2022MidnightbookloverIG Post
7/30/2022The Underground Review/IG Post

Week Three:

7/31/2022One More Exclamation Review/IG Post
8/1/2022Two Points of InterestReview 
8/2/2022The Momma SpotReview/IG Post
8/3/2022Rajiv’s ReviewsReview/IG Post
8/4/2022Books and Zebras Review/IG Post
8/5/2022Lifestyle of MeReview/IG Post

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