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No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Meaty bio of RBG shows how she fought for women's rights.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a popular subject of biographies for kids, and this book adds significant meaty detail about legal cases and law to the field. No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn't shy away from presenting legal issues and court cases to kids, and successfully simplifies them so they’re understandable and interesting. It underscores the point that Ginsburg's work and advocacy as a lawyer and judge have changed many laws that directly affect our lives; it’s because of her advocacy and fight for fairness that we have many of the legal rights we do today. It also makes the point that ensuring legal rights for women helps ensure them for men as well.

There are a few odd moments. On one page, Ruth "could see her mom’s disappointment" when she "brought home a less-than-perfect report card," A- as shown in the art, and the mom's pictured turning away from Ruth in a pose that looks like maternal rejection. Another page proclaims, "By 1980, Ruth was the single most important fighter for fairness -- women's and men's -- in American history," a statement that might have benefited by a bit more precision and clarity -- legal fighter? But these are quibbles in the context of the overall bio, which is inspiring and meaty, clearly and precisely detailing legal cases, while celebrating the passion and determination of this fierce legal fighter who cares so deeply about equality and justice.

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