All Rise: The Story of Ketanji Brown Jackson

Crown. Feb. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593650165.
K-Gr 4–Ever since she was a child, Ketanji Brown Jackson rose to the top. She learned the value of education from her parents, who were the first in their families to go to college, and her grandparents, who only finished grade school. She accomplished everything to which she put her mind, becoming the mayor of her junior high school and president of her senior high school. As a Black girl, she experienced racial prejudice when she was overlooked for a role because she wasn’t white and when debate judges mocked her African name. She didn’t let anything stop her and rose from Harvard Law School to federal judge to Supreme Court Justice. Deliberately harking back to Maya Angelou’s seminal poem “Still I Rise,” this title is a fascinating look at Justice Brown’s journey to the Supreme Court. The vibrant illustrations accompanied by quotes from Justice Brown work together to bring her story to life. Readers get a glance at how a little girl rose above all the obstacles with grace and intelligence, inspiring others—including the author, who pens a letter to relatives about her own journey of appreciation. Includes a time line.
VERDICT A necessary addition to all collections, warmly illustrated and beautifully told.

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