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The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor

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Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States, was a young girl when she dared to dream big. Her dream? To become a lawyer and a judge. As Justice Sotomayor explains, "When I was a child my family was poor and we knew no lawyers or judges and none lived in our neighborhood. I knew nothing about the Supreme Court and how much its work in reinterpreting the Constitution and the laws of the United States affected peoples' lives. You cannot dream of becoming something you don't even know about. That has been the most important lesson of my life. You have to learn to dream big dreams." Sonia did not let the hardships of her background--which included growing up in the rough housing projects of New York City's South Bronx, dealing with juvenile diabetes, coping with parents who argued and fought personal demons, and worrying about money--stand in her way. Always, she believed in herself. Her determination, along with guidance from generous mentors and the unwavering love of her extended Puerto Rican family, propelled her ever forward.… (mais)
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Sonia Sotomayor was just a girl when she dared to dream big. Her dream? To become a lawyer and a judge even though she’d never met one of either, and none lived in her neighborhood. Sonia did not let the hardships of her background—which included growing up in the rough housing projects of New York City’s South Bronx, dealing with juvenile diabetes, coping with parents who argued and fought personal demons, and worrying about money—stand in her way. Always, she believed in herself. Her determination, along with guidance from generous mentors and the unwavering love of her extended Puerto Rican family, propelled her ever forward.
Eventually, all of Sonia’s hard work led to her appointment as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court in 2009, a role that she has held ever since. Learn about Justice Sotomayor’s rise and her amazing work as well as about the Supreme Court in this fascinating memoir that shows that no matter the obstacles, dreams can come true. ( )
  conde.noemi23 | Nov 30, 2019 |
This book is the autobiography of Sonia Sotomayor, who is the third woman and the first Latina on the U.S. Supreme Court. This version is an adaptation for younger readers of her adult memoir, My Beloved World. She speaks of her challenging but loving childhood as a diabetic in a poor neighborhood with her Puerto Rican family. She dreamt of becoming a lawyer and eventually a judge. With a clear vision, hard work, and determination, Sotomayor made her dreams come true. Her story will inspire readers to stand up for themselves and to work toward their goals. Girls and Latino students in particular may relate to her experiences as a Puerto Rican girl, and readers of every kind will be inspired by her passion and authenticity.
  kristinjbriley | Jul 16, 2019 |
Literary Merit: Great
Characterization: Great
Level: Middle School
Recommended: Highly Recommended

Sotomayor has adapted her book for adults into a stunning autobiography aimed squarely at children. Sotomayor never talks down to her audience, instead thoroughly inhabiting her childhood self in a way that will allow readers to feel both seen and understood. Kids will no doubt be able to see themselves in her book, and to appreciate the tragedies and triumphs Sotomayor describes. Her adult life is greatly abridged compared to her life as a child, teen, and young adult, but younger fans aren't likely to be bothered. What Sotomayor does so well in this book is make readers very aware of the challenges Sotomayor faced as part of a Puerto Rican family in the Bronx, detailing a difficult childhood and systemic societal hurdles that Sotomayor had to overcome to pursue her chosen career. By setting up a cousin consumed by addiction as a very tragic foil, Sotomayor is able to reflect on how her family and other supports helped her avoid a fate that could have very easily been her own. An inspiring and intelligent read. ( )
  SWONroyal | Dec 12, 2018 |
In this adaptation for middle graders based on her bestselling adult memoir, My Beloved World, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor’s extraordinary life inspires. Her achievement serves as a true testament to the fact that no matter the obstacles, dreams can come true. Includes an 8-page photo insert.

Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States, was a young girl when she dared to dream big. Her dream? To become a lawyer and a judge.
As Justice Sotomayor explains, “When I was a child my family was poor and we knew no lawyers or judges and none lived in our neighborhood. I knew nothing about the Supreme Court and how much its work in reinterpreting the Constitution and the laws of the United States affected peoples’ lives. You cannot dream of becoming something you don’t even know about. That has been the most important lesson of my life. You have to learn to dream big dreams.”
Sonia did not let the hardships of her background–which included growing up in the rough housing projects of New York City’s South Bronx, dealing with juvenile diabetes, coping with parents who argued and fought personal demons, and worrying about money–stand in her way. Always, she believed in herself. Her determination, along with guidance from generous mentors and the unwavering love of her extended Puerto Rican family, propelled her ever forward.
  F.L.O.W. | Feb 28, 2018 |
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Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States, was a young girl when she dared to dream big. Her dream? To become a lawyer and a judge. As Justice Sotomayor explains, "When I was a child my family was poor and we knew no lawyers or judges and none lived in our neighborhood. I knew nothing about the Supreme Court and how much its work in reinterpreting the Constitution and the laws of the United States affected peoples' lives. You cannot dream of becoming something you don't even know about. That has been the most important lesson of my life. You have to learn to dream big dreams." Sonia did not let the hardships of her background--which included growing up in the rough housing projects of New York City's South Bronx, dealing with juvenile diabetes, coping with parents who argued and fought personal demons, and worrying about money--stand in her way. Always, she believed in herself. Her determination, along with guidance from generous mentors and the unwavering love of her extended Puerto Rican family, propelled her ever forward.

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