Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor tells her own story for young readers for the very first time! As the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor has inspired young people around the world to reach for their dreams. But what inspired her? For young Sonia, the answer was books! They were her mirrors, her maps, her friends, and her teachers. They helped her to connect with her family in New York and in Puerto Rico, to deal with her diabetes diagnosis, to cope with her father's death, to uncover the secrets of the world, and to dream of a future for herself in which anything was possible.
In Turning Pages, Justice Sotomayor shares that love of books with a new generation of readers, and inspires them to read and puzzle and dream for themselves. Accompanied by Lulu Delacre's vibrant art, this story of the Justice's life shows readers that the world is full of promise and possibility--all they need to do is turn the page.
Praise for Turning Pages
Writing in eloquent first-person prose, Sotomayor relays her upbringing and path to the Supreme Court, emphasizing how reading books, "written both in Spanish and in English," has remained at the center of her personal development. She begins her story as a child in the Bronx. After being diagnosed with diabetes, Sotomayor found strength in comic books; following her father's death, her local library became a refuge. Sotomayor offers variations on this theme, describing books as "lenses," "teachers," a "life preserver," and "mirrors of my own universe." Finally, Sotomayor finds her way to law books, and to one of the most meaningful texts of her lifetime--the Constitution. Delacre's work shows earnest admiration for the subject, and compositions make intriguing use of angle, shadow, and collage detail. A Spanish-language version will also be available. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.
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, TXCopyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.