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The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor

By Maria Peña, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inspiring memoir teaches kids to dream big.

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This inspiring memoir is about overcoming adversity, having faith in yourself, and not allowing your circumstances to determine who you should be or where you end up. The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor invites children to dream big! The storytelling feels genuine as Sotomayor draws the reader into her private world, opening up and talking about real-life situations that let us see her as a human being. She identifies with the same struggles we all experience and talks at length about her insecurities, struggles, and core beliefs.

She also continuously emphasizes the importance of her Puerto Rican roots, her strong family bonds, and invaluable close friendships. We learn about the impact of her work, which led to her historic appointment as the first Latina Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court in 2009, a role she has held ever since. Her story shows that regardless of your circumstances, dreams do come true and happy endings are possible.

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