Sonia Sotomayor: First Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court Justice

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Sonia Sotomayor grew up in New York City, the child of working parents for whom English was a second language. But her family loved learning, and young Sonia knew from a very early age that she would grow up to be a lawyer and a judge. The road was not easy. Sonia struggled with diabetes and lost her father when she was only nine. Still, she achieved her dreams.

When President Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States, the country ...

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Overview

Sonia Sotomayor grew up in New York City, the child of working parents for whom English was a second language. But her family loved learning, and young Sonia knew from a very early age that she would grow up to be a lawyer and a judge. The road was not easy. Sonia struggled with diabetes and lost her father when she was only nine. Still, she achieved her dreams.

When President Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States, the country celebrated. Not only would the Supreme Court welcome its third woman justice but also its first Hispanic member. Many Americans saw the appointment of the first Hispanic justice as an important step in the civil rights movement.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Darcy H. Bradley
This concise yet comprehensive biography from the "Gateway Series" shows how hard work, strong family values, goal setting, and consistent top-notch work in school from a young age can bring success and rewards in life. As the youngest woman and first Hispanic to be appointed as a Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor is an exemplar for the American Dream. Sonia's parents came from Puerto Rico to New York, where Sonia was born, and lived on a limited income in a poor area in the Bronx. Her parents worked hard to support the family, but Sonia's father died when she was nine. Sonia was always a voracious reader and a brilliant student, graduating as valedictorian of her high-school class and earning a full scholarship to Princeton University. Later she graduated from Yale Law School. She worked as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan and as a partner in a New York City law firm. Three presidents (Bush, Clinton, and Obama) appointed her to increasingly prominent judicial positions over the years. Personal information shows that Sotomayor loves salsa dancing, and often eats tuna fish and cottage cheese for lunch. Many old and recent photographs of the subject bring interest to the text. Reviewer: Darcy H. Bradley, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Well organized and straightforward, this biography is appealing with its bright photographs and bold, easy-to-read font. Starting with Sotomayor's childhood in the Bronx, the author covers the justice's life and career up to her nomination to the Supreme Court. She focuses on her subject's hard work and ambitious dreams, which led to her astounding achievements. The book includes a glossary but also defines select words within the text, making it accessible for all reading levels in the targeted age group. An informative, interesting, and, most of all, inspiring read.—Sarah O'Holla, Village Community School, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761358619
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Series: Gateway Biographies Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 966,092
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Childhood 7

College and Law School 16

Legal Career 20

Becoming A Judge 22

Nomination to The Supreme Court 26

The Confirmation Hearings 28

Life on The Supreme Court 32

Life Outside Work 37

Fun Facts about Sonia Sotomayor 40

Important Dates 41

Glossary 43

Source Notes 44

Selected Bibliography 45

Further Reading 46

Index 47

Acknowledgments 48

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