Sonia Sotomayor

Philomel. (She Persisted). Jun. 2021. 80p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780593116012; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780593116029.
Gr 1-4–This full-length biography of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is part of the “She Persisted” series, expanding on the original profiles in She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World. Medina takes readers through the stages of Sotomayor’s life from learning to walk at the age of seven months to her appointment as the first Latinx Supreme Court Justice in 2009. Challenges, such as Sotomayor’s diabetes diagnosis at age seven, are balanced by triumphs such as being accepted to Princeton University. Instances of unfairness are shown to fuel her desire for justice. Back matter includes suggestions for building confidence just as Sotomayor did by joining the school forensics team. Additional material includes an introduction from Chelsea Clinton and a complete reference list. This would be a good title for a unit on pioneering women or Latinx individuals.
VERDICT An engaging read for elementary classrooms and a welcome addition to library biography sections.

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