Aniana del Mar Jumps In

Jasminne Mendez (Author)
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Age Groups: Ages 10 to 12, Ages 13 to 15

A powerful and expertly told novel-in-verse about a 12-year-old Dominican American swimmer who is diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis by an award-winning poet.

Aniana del Mar belongs in the water like a dolphin belongs to the sea. But she and Papi keep her swim practices and meets hidden from Mami, who has never recovered from losing someone she loves to the water years ago. That is, until the day Ani’s stiffness and swollen joints mean she can no longer get out of bed, and Ani is forced to reveal just how important swimming is to her. Mami forbids her from returning to the water but Ani and her doctor believe that swimming along with medication will help Ani manage her disease. What follows is the journey of a girl who must grieve who she once was in order to rise like the tide and become the young woman she is meant to be. Aniana del Mar Jumps In is a poignant story about chronic illness and disability, the secrets between mothers and daughters, the harm we do to the ones we love the most—and all the triumphs, big and small, that keep us afloat.

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SKU 142814
ISBN 9780593531839
Language English
Lexile ® Measure NP
Page Count 384
Product Type Paperback Books
Book Type Middle Grade Novels
Primary Contributor Jasminne Mendez
Age Groups Ages 10 to 12, Ages 13 to 15
Publisher Dial Books for Young Readers