Excellent news: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has announced that she will be publishing three feminist books for younger readers through Penguin Random House.
Sotomayor’s books for a middle grade audience will be based off her 2013 memoir My Beloved World, which documents her childhood with her alcoholic father and ‘overburdened’ mother, her struggle with type 1 juvenile diabetes and the drive and ambition that led her to her amazing career.
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She will also publish Turning Pages, which is an illustrated autobiography in collaboration with artist Lulu Delacre, looking at the books that have meant a lot to Sotomayor, and another picture book dealing with childhood differences, which she will work on with illustrator and muralist Rafael Lopez.
Justice Sotomayor is the first Latina and the third woman ever to be appointed to the bench. She was appointed in 2009 by President Obama. Sotomayor was born in the Bronx and raised by her mother and her grandmother after the death of her father when she was nine. Sotomayor was inspired by the character of Nancy Drew, who was strong-willed and ambitious. After she was diagnosed with type 1 juvenile diabetes and her doctors suggested that she pursue an alternative career to that of ‘detective’ like Nancy Drew, she decided she would become a judge after watching the Perry Mason series.
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True to her word, Sotomayor attended Princeton and then Yale Law School. While there, she was an editor of the Yale Law Review. She was then an Assistant District Attorney in New York and a litigator. In 1991, President George H. W. Bush appointed her to U. S. District Court. She served as a judge in the U. S. Court of Appeals for eleven years before her promotion by Obama.
What a cool lady and an inspiration to us all. Both memoirs will be released next autumn, just in time for Christmas! The second picture book, on childhood differences, will come out in 2019.
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