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Water in May
By Ismee Williams

WATER IN MAY, the novel

What if your baby had half a heart?

Fifteen-year-old Mari Pujols believes that the baby she’s carrying will finally give her a family member who loves her and won’t ever leave. Not like her mama, who took off when she was eight; or her papi, who’s in jail; or her abuela, who wants as little to do with her as possible. But when doctors discover a potentially fatal heart defect in the fetus, Mari faces choices she never imagined.

Surrounded by her loyal girl crew, her on-and-off boyfriend, and a dedicated doctor, Mari navigates an experience that could devastate the bravest of women. But Mari’s a fighter. She won’t give up. And while Mari’s future is as uncertain as her unborn baby’s, her darkest moments shed light on what it truly means to be part of a family.

Heartfelt, heartbreaking, and - yes! - even a little heart-healing too
— Carolyn Mackler, Printz Honor recipient

Fierce and tender—and absolutely worth reading.
— Kirkus STARRED Review