|Aniana del Mar jumps in
Author: Mendez, Jasminne
When twelve-year-old Dominican American swimmer Ani is diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, Ani and her doctor believe that swimming along with medication will help manage the disease with its stiffness and swollen joints, but Mami forbids her from returning to the water.
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Booklist - 01/01/2023 If Ani could become a dolphin and live in the water for the rest of her life she would, but she and Papi have been keeping her swimming practices a secret from Mami. Her mother still hasn’t healed from losing someone close to her many years ago, and she's afraid that the water will betray her again. When Ani experiences increasing joint pain to the point that she can no longer move, the secrets come spilling out. After receiving a diagnosis of juvenile idiopathic arthritis, she is forbidden from swimming. Ani starts to feel her happiness slowly drain from her body, but if she is ever to swim again, she must regain her strength both physically and mentally. Aniana del Mar Jumps In is a story of love, loss, and growth that explores how our actions can unintentionally harm those who we love, how we learn to heal from that pain, and how we grieve not only those who we’ve lost but the people we once were, as well as embracing who we are becoming. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.