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From the New York Times bestselling author of I Dissent comes a biographical graphic novel about celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a modern feminist icon—a leader in the fight for equal treatment of girls and women in society and the workplace. She blazed trails to the peaks of the male-centric worlds of From the New York Times bestselling author of I Dissent comes a biographical graphic novel about celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a modern feminist icon—a leader in the fight for equal treatment of girls and women in society and the workplace. She blazed trails to the peaks of the male-centric worlds of education and law, where women had rarely risen before. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has often said that true and lasting change in society and law is accomplished slowly, one step at a time. This is how she has evolved, too. Step by step, the shy little girl became a child who questioned unfairness, who became a student who persisted despite obstacles, who became an advocate who resisted injustice, who became a judge who revered the rule of law, who became…RBG.


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From the New York Times bestselling author of I Dissent comes a biographical graphic novel about celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a modern feminist icon—a leader in the fight for equal treatment of girls and women in society and the workplace. She blazed trails to the peaks of the male-centric worlds of From the New York Times bestselling author of I Dissent comes a biographical graphic novel about celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a modern feminist icon—a leader in the fight for equal treatment of girls and women in society and the workplace. She blazed trails to the peaks of the male-centric worlds of education and law, where women had rarely risen before. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has often said that true and lasting change in society and law is accomplished slowly, one step at a time. This is how she has evolved, too. Step by step, the shy little girl became a child who questioned unfairness, who became a student who persisted despite obstacles, who became an advocate who resisted injustice, who became a judge who revered the rule of law, who became…RBG.

30 review for Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Hewitt

    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction Okay, confession: I probably would have never read aregularbiography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Not because I doubt that she's a fascinating person, but just because biographies don't really interest me. And, with so many great fiction books on my TBR, I just don't get around to reading much non-fiction. But put a biography of an interesting person in graphic novel form, and I'm suddenly all excited! And I am so glad that This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction Okay, confession: I probably would have never read a regular biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Not because I doubt that she's a fascinating person, but just because biographies don't really interest me. And, with so many great fiction books on my TBR, I just don't get around to reading much non-fiction. But put a biography of an interesting person in graphic novel form, and I'm suddenly all excited! And I am so glad that this showed up in my mailbox because it was a fascinating read!  I knew a little bit about RBG (in the current political climate, I've paid a bit more attention to the supreme court than I had in the past), but I didn't realize just how involved she was in key cases that brought more gender equality to our country. The book also gives us insight into RBG's early life and her mother's battle with cancer. I found RBG's life truly inspiring, and it gives me hope for the future of our world---it's good to see how far we've come and to focus on someone who is fighting for justice and equality in our world. I also thought it was wonderful that the book highlights a friendship with a judge whose views do not match RBG's---in today's political climate, it's become harder and harder to show respect and empathy toward people with opposing views. I loved just about everything about this book! I should also mention that the artwork is wonderful, with a clean style that works especially well for middle grade. ***Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher for review purposes. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    I'm here for a graphic novel about RBG just like the YA and middle grade biographies that have been published (I desperately need to see the movie). This one hits all the right notes and unsurprisingly, only gets to her appointment on the Supreme Court in the very last pages, filling them up with more words that images to boot. Levy focuses on Ginsburg's developments over time, her fight against sex discrimination and equal rights, her arduous task of taking down the patriarchy one brick at a I'm here for a graphic novel about RBG just like the YA and middle grade biographies that have been published (I desperately need to see the movie). This one hits all the right notes and unsurprisingly, only gets to her appointment on the Supreme Court in the very last pages, filling them up with more words that images to boot. Levy focuses on Ginsburg's developments over time, her fight against sex discrimination and equal rights, her arduous task of taking down the patriarchy one brick at a time, needing and having the support of a man who believed in her and children who did the same. She worked hard. And she got what she wanted. She's a force to be reckoned with and this biography absolutely addresses all of it with neatly woven chronological storytelling.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Jean

    I love Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I love learning more about her, especially since she's been such a long standing Supreme Court Justice.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Renata

    This is a charming and inspiring graphic biography. I think it's perfect for tween readers--careful to define terms like "federal government" and great at explaining RBG's earlier court cases for gender equality in a way that doesn't condescend but makes the stakes very clear. The art is cute and engaging.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    Read this with my 10yo twin daughters and it was amazing. Like 'Brazen' from a couple of years ago, I'm gonna be recommending this graphic novel to everyone - young, old, male, female.. Powerful, educational, inspiring. Just like RBG herself .

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hanna

    I really liked this book. I thought that it was informational, inspiring, and well written. I found Ruth Bader Ginsburg's story amazing and so brave, and the book portrayed it really well. Usually I don't read graphic novels or informational books, so I really enjoyed the stretch and will read more in the future.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Greenlaw-Houldsworth

    This is so good! The illustration style is common and kid friendly, and the story is riveting. RBG leads a life that lends itself to the page well, from her struggle in childhood with a mother battling cancer, to the way she fought and earned her place on the Supreme Court. Kids and adults both will love this biographical graphic novel.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emily Sanders

    Excellent! This book is the perfect introduction to RBG for people of all ages but in the hands of a young person... it could revolutionize the way one thinks about what is possible even when it seems impossible. I hope young people read this book and see how things change if you change them.

  9. 4 out of 5

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  10. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    All my love for this! So good and highly recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Gray

    I really enjoyed this book! It was thorough and very well done. :) I never really knew very much about the life of RBG and I am so glad I read this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Bio of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in graphic novel form. Coves all the bases and illustrations were great

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tonja Drecker

    The life of an amazing woman and Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, comes to life in this easy to read, graphic novel. Step by step, Ruth Bader Ginsburg goes from a five-year-old Kindergartner to a Supreme Court Justice. Broken up into short chapters, each section covers a segment of her life, which influenced how she thought and led her down the difficult path of working her way up the ladder of life. The text is kept simple enough for middle graders to understand, and the accompanying The life of an amazing woman and Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, comes to life in this easy to read, graphic novel. Step by step, Ruth Bader Ginsburg goes from a five-year-old Kindergartner to a Supreme Court Justice. Broken up into short chapters, each section covers a segment of her life, which influenced how she thought and led her down the difficult path of working her way up the ladder of life. The text is kept simple enough for middle graders to understand, and the accompanying graphics add to the historical settings and make the events easier to understand. At the end of the book, there is a detailed timeline, a bibliography, and source notes. The idea of combining this biography with the elements of a graphic novel is refreshing. Still— although I hate to say it—I doubt many middle graders are willing to dive into a biography like this on their own free will. This graphic novel form definitely offers a change from the 'boring' dribble of pure text and a few pictures. Plus, there's a little more 'action' involved, which give off a more true to life story atmosphere—making it easier for kids to connect with—than the usual factual dryness. There's even a touch of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's humor thrown in. Like many biographies, it does stick to the challenges this woman faced and concentrates heavily on her older years (after middle school). In other words, it isn't a read most kids would probably want to dive into too much during their free time, but it's definitely a great addition for classrooms, home-schoolers and those who want to open kids up to the topic and the wonderful achievements of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I received a complimentary copy and found this to be a wonderful biography. So, I'm leaving my honest thoughts.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice is a biographical graphic novel written by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Whitney Gardner, which is a concise biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg –an American Justice. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an American lawyer and jurist who is an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She is the second female justice of four to be confirmed to the court. Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice is a biographical graphic novel written by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Whitney Gardner, which is a concise biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg –an American Justice. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an American lawyer and jurist who is an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She is the second female justice of four to be confirmed to the court. Following O'Connor's retirement, and until Sotomayor joined the court, Ginsburg was the only female justice on the Supreme Court. The narrative plants seeds early on that bloom later in Ginsburg's career: her first brushes with anti-Semitism as a child in 1940s New York and her encounters with dismissive men as a law student and new mother at Harvard instill a passion for justice. Just as important to her eventual success, her own mother embodies poise and pragmatism, and her husband, Marty, encourages her career growth and cooks for the family. Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice is written and constructed rather well. These dual themes of struggle and support are threaded throughout the creators' depiction of Ginsburg's love for the law and its vital documents. They humanize the icon by simply and expertly depicting how she earned her status. Gardner's tidy, bluescale illustrations feature pops of red for emphasis, paralleling the bursts of passion and humor in Ginsburg's deliberate life. All in all, Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice is a wonderful biographical graphic novel, which portrayed the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg – a Justice of the United States of America.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life is recounted in this inspiring biography. From her childhood, marriage, law school, important court cases through her appointment to the United States Supreme Court, perfectly concise, but plenty thorough for the intended audience. Debbie Levy brings the biography of this Supreme Court Justice to a middle school audience. Wow - well told and organized, accessible and engaging. Gardner's red, white and blue paneled illustrations are clean and expressive. Necessary Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life is recounted in this inspiring biography. From her childhood, marriage, law school, important court cases through her appointment to the United States Supreme Court, perfectly concise, but plenty thorough for the intended audience. Debbie Levy brings the biography of this Supreme Court Justice to a middle school audience. Wow - well told and organized, accessible and engaging. Gardner's red, white and blue paneled illustrations are clean and expressive. Necessary legal terms are defined on page, includes an epilogue (text, not graphic), timeline, bibliography and sources. An essential addition to your biography section. For this and more of my reviews, visit http://kissthebook.blogspot.com CHECK IT OUT!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erin Buhr

    This is a graphic novel biography of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It tells her story from childhood until she becomes a Supreme Court Justice. Thorough, well researched, and somewhat dense (don't miss the afterwards and list of references at the back) - I think the choice to make this a graphic novel was a good one. Adding the illustrations and breaking up the text helps to make this more readable for younger children. It shares a more detailed version of her story than a picture book could This is a graphic novel biography of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It tells her story from childhood until she becomes a Supreme Court Justice. Thorough, well researched, and somewhat dense (don't miss the afterwards and list of references at the back) - I think the choice to make this a graphic novel was a good one. Adding the illustrations and breaking up the text helps to make this more readable for younger children. It shares a more detailed version of her story than a picture book could carry, but the illustrations prevent it from becoming too overwhelming for a later elementary school student to consume. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a fascinating lady and I'm glad to put this in the hands of children who can be inspired by her strength, brilliance, and hard work.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    I’m mesmerized, surely by this story & its graphics, but mostly by RBG herself who embodies perseverance, graciousness, and strength in so many ways. I have to say that I also love how much she credits her mother-in-law and father-in-law for all that they did for her. It’s rare to read a story and see a character’s in-laws mentioned so much in a positive way. I adored this. Well, let’s be honest; I adored everything about this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joy Johnson

    In an era of #metoo and women striving to break the “glass ceiling,” Ruth Bader Ginsberg is the topic of conversation when it comes to female role models. And rightly so! This overview of RBG’s life from childhood to the Supreme Court is inspiring! The obstacles she faced as a woman led her to a strategic path of advocacy for gender equality, creating positive change through the law. A great format to tell of this amazing person without being bogged down by a typical biography.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laela

    I have read quite a few of these RGB books and this one is the best one by far. It really goes in deep with how Ruth became the person she is today. When I got to the end and Ruth was being sworn in I was crying. This graphic novel made me cry. It is that good. Good read for all my feminist friends.

  20. 4 out of 5

    emma

    Levy captures all the nuances of not just RBG, but also the times in which she grew up (a book mentioning the other demographics discriminated in WW2? in ww2 USA? and so on) and laws, in an easy to digest format, fact full words pointing the reader to other resources, and sweet comics. I love this, so well written. So happy to see high quality biographies in comic book form.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    Even though I am familiar with the amazing life of RBG, I found myself intrigued by the graphic novel format and the compelling story created by Levy. I loved how this didn't just highlight all the positive aspects of her life, but it wove in the challenges she has faced (& overcome) throughout her life!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Doris Raines

    SHES TOUGH SHES MEAN SHES OUT OF CONTROL SHE SAYS WHAT SHE MEANS SHE ALSO MEAN WHAT SHE SAYS. SHE HAS TO BE TOUGH SHE S DEALING WITH A LOT OF. OF WALL PEOPLES IN THAT COURT ROOM LETS GIVE HER A STAND. A LADY WHOS OWN DEMAND, PS. SHE CAN SOMETIMES BE OVER THE EDGE, YET I THINK I UNDERSTAND. YOU DONT WANT TO DOUBLE CROSS . SHE DONT TAKE SHORT CUTTS. SHES TOUGH SHES MEAN SHES OUT OF CONTROL SHE SAYS WHAT SHE MEANS SHE ALSO MEAN WHAT SHE SAYS. SHE HAS TO BE TOUGH SHE S DEALING WITH A LOT OF. OF WALL PEOPLES IN THAT COURT ROOM LETS GIVE HER A STAND. A LADY WHOS OWN DEMAND, PS. SHE CAN SOMETIMES BE OVER THE EDGE, YET I THINK I UNDERSTAND. YOU DONT WANT TO DOUBLE CROSS 👩‍⚖️. SHE DONT TAKE SHORT CUTTS.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ilse O'Brien

    I’m a big fan of Debbie Levy’s picture book I, Dissent, and this is a more in-depth, detailed biography in a graphic novel format. Highly recommend. Best for gr 7 and up (for context and understanding).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Excellent and completely approachable look at the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Nothing too liberal or preachy; just the facts of what make her great and a strong role model for anyone who believe in liberty and justice for all.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janssen

    I knew virtually nothing about RBG and this was such a delightful and amazingly comprehensive look at her life and work that was also a very quick read. It also just blows my mind about how the world was for women so recently.

  26. 5 out of 5

    M a n o s h i

    I enjoyed learning more about justice RBG! She did so much for women that I previously didn't know about and it was really interesting to know about her life and rise to victory, very much an inspiration.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    While a graphic novel, this book provides a thorough accounting of RBG’s life, the obstacles she faced, and the cases she tried. It is full of information, but presents it in an easily understandable way for middle grade readers. A worthwhile read!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Beautifully written and so powerful! Everyone should read this to not only learn about RBG but to learn about how to help see justice served and inequalities struck down.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    A quick, concise way to be wowed by all the great things RBG has done for women AND men.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I loved this!! A great and beautiful overview of RBG's life and work for equal rights.

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