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Ortiz, Victoria. Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Life and Work.

Ortiz, Victoria. Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Life and Work. Clarion Books, June 2019. 208p. $18.99. 978-0544973640

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This biography aimed at teen readers tells the story of Ginsburg's personal life and career, interspersed with significant Supreme Court cases. Many of the cases described directly involve young people, providing concrete reasons why teens should care about what happens in the highest court.

Ginsburg is a pioneer in multiple ways, from her work with the ACLU for womens rights to her own egalitarian marriage. Her early life and schooling are depicted as well as her impressive journeys through both college and law school. Her experiences as a law clerk, professor, and trial lawyer are all thoroughly recounted. Ginsburg's ability to balance family and work, to be a success at both motherhood and the law, is truly inspiring. The obstacles she faced during her long career--for being both female and Jewish--will help young readers see how far our society has come and how far it still has to go before we are truly a nation of equals. This book is a great biography as well as a primer covering the basics of our legal system. Appendices include the Bill of Rights, dissenting opinion excerpts, and a description of the federal court system. Notes and a bibliography are also included. This is an excellent biography and definitely belongs in high school libraries. --Heather Pittman

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Author:Pittman, Heather
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Date:Aug 1, 2019
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