|Turning pages : my life story|
Author: Sotomayor, Sonia
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor tells how her upbringing influenced her life and career.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 196958
Kirkus Reviews (08/15/18)
School Library Journal (08/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 08/01/2018 Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor tells her story to a YA audience in this year’s The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor?, which itself is a pared down version of her 2013 biography, My Beloved World. Here she uses books to center her story and show how reading was the gateway—and getaway—that allowed her to pursue her dreams. A child of Puetro Rican immigrants, Sotomayor’s childhood was marked by hardship: poverty, diabetes, and the death of her father. Despite the odds, Sotomayor was able to pursue a legal career. She had a mother who worked hard to take care of her children and provide educational opportunities, and an island family who showed her a different way of life, but mostly there were libraries and books, from her neighborhood branch to the impressive Firestone Library at Princeton. The endpapers are decorated with photos of Sotomayor at different times of her life, which complement the collage-touched watercolors. The kid-friendly drawings are occasionally awkward but can also be inventive. A personal and appealing book made to inspire. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 08/01/2018 Gr 3–6—Readers will get to know U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor in this stunning picture book autobiography. The photographs of Sotomayor, found on the end pages, provide a glimpse into her life. The first line of the book sets the scene: "My story is a story about books…" From this page onward, Sotomayor takes readers along on a journey, continually reflecting on how a particular title or genre struck her at that time in her life. For example, when she is diagnosed with diabetes, she finds solace in the superheroes of her comic books. When she experiences her Papi's death at the age of nine, she takes comfort among the stacks in the neighborhood library. Not only did she read "Nancy Drew" mysteries and science fiction, Sotomayor also basked in the pages of a 24-volume encyclopedia set, a gift from her mother. During college and law school, books continued to be her companion. Readers will enjoy the illustrations done in mixed media of oil washes with collage elements that distinctly accompany the text. VERDICT A sincere and insightful autobiography that also demonstrates the power of the written word. A winning addition to libraries that serve young readers.—Martha Rico, El Paso ISD, TX - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.