|Dissenter on the bench : Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life & work|
Author: Ortiz, Victoria
The life and career of the Supreme Court Justice with dramatic accounts of her landmark cases.
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 12.90
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 75842
Kirkus Reviews (+) (04/01/19)
School Library Journal (05/01/19)
The Hornbook (00/05/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2019 Gr 6 Up—This accessible and engaging biography of the Supreme Court Justice successfully weaves together information about her life and major court cases in which she had significant influence. Each of the 10 chapters highlights a different court case and a segment of Bader Ginsburg's life, including her academic pursuits, experiences as a woman facing blatant gender discrimination, and her marriage to Martin Ginsburg. The many challenges Bader Ginsburg faced as a person of the Jewish faith growing up during the time of World War II, and as a woman studying law in an overwhelmingly male field are described. Her ferocious determination to fight injustice and inequality stem from personal experience. The first three cases involve teens, (a 13-year-old girl who was strip-searched at school, a 16-year-old girl who fought random drug testing at school, and an 18-year-old boy who fought for his right to freedom of speech and expression at school), and should be particularly relatable to today's youth. Ortiz provides a good overview of how the court system works and how cases reach the Supreme Court. She also explains what it means to dissent and how Bader Ginsburg was encouraged from an early age through the teachings of Judaism to question, challenge, and disagree. Ample black-and-white photos show the subject throughout her life, including the people she defended and befriended. A lengthy bibliography is provided and the appendix includes the Bill of Rights. VERDICT A straightforward and up-to-date biography about a groundbreaking American icon.—Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 06/01/2019 As the subtitle indicates, this biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg tells of her life from childhood to the present, while providing an overview of her work as a lawyer, a judge, and a Supreme Court justice. Growing up in a Jewish family in Brooklyn during WWII, Ruth Bader was acutely aware of anti-Semitism at home and abroad. Later, she and her husband, who both earned law degrees, worked hard through challenges such as serious illness and demanding careers to create a stable home for their family and a mutually supportive relationship. The text pulls together a good deal of information and presents it in a clear, straightforward way. Illustrations range from family snapshots and professional portraits to a photo of an “RBG bobblehead figure.” Throughout the book, Ortiz offers detailed accounts of cases Ginsburg either heard as a Supreme Court justice or argued as a lawyer defending individuals’ rights under the Constitution. The descriptions of noteworthy legal cases and significant court decisions are particularly well done. An absorbing introduction to Ginsburg and her achievements. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.