Fall 2023

Sonia Sotomayor

From the Bronx to the US Supreme Court

From the Series Gateway Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Associate justice Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic person and third woman to serve on the US Supreme Court. She has been breaking barriers since reading detective novels and watching legal dramas first inspired her childhood dream of becoming a lawyer. Her motivation carried her from high school debate club to working as an assistant district attorney to finally becoming a judge in 1992.

Sotomayor’s outgoing relationship with the public, straightforward language, and efforts toward achieving gender and racial equality have made her popular across the US. Many people call her the People’s Justice. She is known for her career as much as her books, TV appearances, and inspiring speeches. Follow Sotomayor’s journey to the US Supreme Court to find out more about her life and career.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Biography, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2023-08-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007070, JNF007120, JNF030000
Dewey 347.73/2634 [B]
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 960
ATOS Reading Level 6.5
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Source notes, and Timeline

Author: Liz Sonneborn

Liz Sonneborn has written more than fifty books for children and adults, including several titles for the North American Indian Nations series. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Gateway Biographies

Discover the human side of newsworthy, historical, and pop culture figures, and learn about people leading key social movements or handling crises. Each biography in this easy-reading series is peppered with quotations and stories, accounts of successes and failures, and descriptions of… View available downloads →