Turning Pages: My Life Story

by Sonia Sotomayor (Author) Lulu Delacre (Illustrator)

Turning Pages: My Life Story
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

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

  • "A sincere and insightful autobiography that also demonstrates the power of the written word. A winning addition to libraries that serve young readers." --School Library Journal, starred review
  • "A personal and appealing book made to inspire." --Booklist
  • "A thoughtful introduction to both the power of reading and an inspiring role model." --Kirkus Reviews
  • "This book would be great as a read-aloud for class discussions of the Supreme Court, or United States government, or of important people in public service. It would also be good for independent reading by students interested in biographies or political figures." --School Library Connection

Publishers Weekly

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.

School Library Journal

Starred Review

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 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

Praise for Turning Pages

★ "A sincere and insightful autobiography that also demonstrates the power of the written word. A winning addition to libraries that serve young readers." —School Library Journal, starred review

"A personal and appealing book made to inspire." —Booklist

"A thoughtful introduction to both the power of reading and an inspiring role model." —Kirkus Reviews

"This book would be great as a read-aloud for class discussions of the Supreme Court, or United States government, or of important people in public service. It would also be good for independent reading by students interested in biographies or political figures." —School Library Connection
Sonia Sotomayor
SONIA SOTOMAYOR nació en el Bronx, Nueva York. Obtuvo la licenciatura en Humanidades de la Universidad de Princeton y se graduó como doctora en Jurisprudencia de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Yale. Trabajó como asistente del fiscal del distrito en el condado de Nueva York, y posteriormente ingresó como abogada litigante en la firma de abogados Pavia & Harcourt. En 1991, fue nominada por el presidente George H. W. Bush al Tribunal del Distrito Sur de Nueva York. En 1997, el presidente William Jefferson Clinton la nominó para la Corte de Apelaciones del Segundo Circuito. El presidente Barack Obama la nominó para ocupar el cargo de Jueza Asociada del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia de Estados Unidos el 26 de mayo del 2009. Asumió el cargo el 8 de agosto del 2009, convirtiéndose en la primera latina en ocupar un puesto de tal relevancia. Es la autora de Mi mundo adorado, Pasando páginas y El mundo adorado de Sonia Sotomayor.

RAFAEL LÓPEZ ganó la Medalla Pura Belpré por Drum Dream Girl y por Book Fiesta. También ha recibido tres menciones de honor Pura Belpré, tres Américas Book Awards y, en el 2017, el Tomás Rivera Children's Book Award y la Medalla de Plata de la Society of Illustrators Original Art. Sus trabajos han aparecido en Communication Arts, American Illustration Anual, Graphic Design USA y Huffington Post. Es el fundador del movimiento San Diego's Urban Art Trail. Creó siete sellos para la Oficina de Correos de Estados Unidos y el póster oficial para la campaña presidencial de Obama-Biden de los años 2008 y 2012.
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9780525514084
Lexile Measure
1000L
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Philomel Books
Publication date
September 20, 2018
Series
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