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The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Discover the inspiring life of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, in this middle-grade adaptation of her bestselling adult memoir, My Beloved World.

Includes an 8-page photo insert and a brief history of the Supreme Court.

Sonia Sotomayor was just a girl when she dared to dream big. Her dream? To become
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Delacorte Press
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Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book...Sotomayor is an impressive woman, and her story is certainly inspiring! Although this is the YA version, it did not feel watered down at all...still almost 350 pages. I would recommend it without reservation to adults as well as students.
Sotomayor was raised by a single mom and by her "abuelita"...her loving grandmother. On her nurse's salary, her mom was able to send her to a Catholic school and from there she went to Princeton and on to Yale law school. She also writ
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a children’s librarian, I was curious to read this version of Sotomayor’s memoir right after reading the adult version. This was almost identical to the original, just edited by eliminating material students might not easily understand. Since I’m not a lawyer, I preferred this version myself! She is absolutely my new hero! What a world we would live in if all our leaders could be as insightful and kind as she is! I highly recommend this book to anyone in 8th grade and above, especially buddin ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm ashamed to admit that I had not cared about reading about Sotomayor's life. I enjoyed reading this abridged (YA) version of her book as it gave me insight into her upbringing and background.
Christine Irvin
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Current Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, shares the story of her life with young readers. She initially wrote her autobiography (called MY BELOVED WORLD) for adults, but after kids kept asking her questions, she decided to rewrite parts of the book for young readers. The result is an informational and inspirational tale of a poor girl of Puerto Rican descent who makes it to the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States. It's not a fairy tale, by any means, rather a tale of overcomin ...more
Sep 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
While I greatly enjoyed learning about Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer, this book was entirely too long for its target audience: middle-high school age students. My daughter loves reading but felt that the material went far too in-depth at times to give the kind of overview that most students would be interested in reading. Unless your kiddo is even more excited about reading than mine or has a passion for learning about what it takes to rise to the highest court in the land, it is unlikel ...more
Janis Kay
Review to come! This was such an excellent read!!!

**This was included as part of my assigned reading as a reader for the Garden State Teen Book Awards (GSTBA) -part of the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA)'s Young Adult Services Section (mouthful!). We read and propose/choose which books will be included on following year's ballot. The teens then vote for their favorites and the winners are notified in time for our annual conference.** This is really cool; so, check us out if you live in NJ
Sotomayor may say that she couldn't write essays well, but she has created an interesting story about her own life. This is not a stripped-down version of her autobiography, but instead an appropriately Young Adult edition. That said, it does get a bit dry in places as it describes experiences as an attorney. It also only covers up until she first becomes a judge, so there's a chance for a sequel. I am impressed with her ability to tell a story--beginning and ending with her diabetes as well as ...more
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The challenges I have faced - including material poverty, chronic illness, struggling to learn English, and being raised by a single mom - are not uncommon. For many, it is a source of hope to see someone realize her dreams while bearing such burdens. People who live in difficult circumstances need to know that happy endings are possible."

The story of Sonia Sotomayor's younger years and early career is both interesting & inspiring. I was a little bummed that this only covered her early ca
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and inspiring story, which was great to read in conjunction with Michelle Obama's Becoming since they both touched on similar themes. There were a few references to Sotomayor's marriage that seemed like they'd either been cut out of this middle grade version, or were just poorly explained. but that's a small quibble, and one I don't think the intended audience would care about.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not a big nonfiction fan, but between "Becoming Michelle Obama," "Notorious RBG," and now "The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor," I am SOLD! This outstanding audiobook will floor you. I cannot get over the obstacles Sonia had to overcome in order to survive and THRIVE. What an incredible role model, and what an incredible story. HIGHLY recommended (along with "Becoming..." and "Notorious..."). Now all I need to find is Elena Kagan's story!
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great memoir! Provides a detailed picture of her early years and into college and first jobs. I appreciated the details of her mom's life, her father and his death, her dealing with type 1 diabetes, her college experiences as an other in a non-other world, and her decision process about her lawyer jobs.
Julie Trapp
This was a very good book for the MS/HS reader. She didn't have a great childhood at all, but set her goals and was not deterred from them. All of her hard work has paid off. Yes, she had setbacks in her career, but it only made her strive harder, listen to her mentors and be successful the next time.
Truly enjoyed learning more about Sonia Sotomayor's story. I knew very little other than her current position and status as "a first," so I was glad to get more background. Readable and very interesting.
Heydi Smith
Phenomenally fantastic! It should be required reading!
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVED getting to know the Justice through this. It is READABLE and RELATABLE. Something EVERY little girl should read. Absolutely inspiring!
Lisa Neal
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very easy to read and interesting. I learned a lot about Justice Sotimayor and her life.
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