Coming Up Cuban : Rising Past Castro’s Shadow


Author: Sonia Manzano



From Emmy-award winning actor and Pura Belpré Honoree 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.

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.