Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope

Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope


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Ana’s story begins the day she is born with HIV, transmitted from her mother, who dies just a few years later. From then on, Ana's childhood becomes a blur of secrets—about her illness, her family, and the abuse she endures. Shuffled from home to home, Ana rarely finds safety or acceptance. But after she falls in love and becomes pregnant at seventeen, she embarks on a journey that leads her to new beginnings, new sorrows, and new hope.

Based on her work with UNICEF and inspired by the framework of one girl's life, Jenna Bush tells the story of many children around the world who are excluded from basic care, support, and education. Resources at the back of this book share how you can help children like Ana and protect yourself and others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061379093
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/22/2008
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 163,226
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Mia Baxter graduated from University of Texas with a degree in photojournalism. She has worked as a freelance editorial documentary photographer in New York before interning for UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mia Baxter se graduó de Fotoperiodismo en la Universidad de Texas. Trabajó como fotógrafa editorial y documental independiente en la ciudad de Nueva York antes de participar en un programa de experiencia práctica con UNICEF en Latinoamérica y el Caribe.

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Ana's Story

A Journey of Hope
By Jenna Bush


Copyright © 2007 Jenna Bush
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-06-137908-6

Chapter One


Ana had one picture of her mother. It was not an original photograph but a color photocopy.

The image had been laminated, sealed in plastic for protection, so that it would last forever. When she was ten, Ana decorated the corners with sparkly stickers of flowers and stars. She handled the photocopy so often that the corners had started to curl and the plastic had begun to fray and come apart.

All of her life, Ana's aunts and uncles told her that she looked just like her mamá. Ana sometimes stood in front of the mirror, holding the photocopy next to her face. She wanted to see if her eyes really were the same as her mother's. Ana shifted her focus from her eyes to her mother's eyes until the images blurred and she could not tell where her mother ended and she began.

In the photocopy, Ana's mother was young; she was only sixteen when Ana was born. She had big brown eyes and feathers of dyed blond hair. Her skin, the color of cocoa, looked fresh, smooth, and polished. Ana hoped her family was right; she hoped she looked like her beautiful mamá.

Ana's mother had been gone for so long that Ana could only recall the curves of her face by looking at the ragged photocopy. Ana taped the picture to the wall of her bedroom at pillow height so that she could stare at it before she went to sleep, comforted in knowing that if she ever forgot what her mother looked like, she could glance over and remember.


Ana had only one actual memory of her mother. It was not vivid but vague and somewhat confusing. She remembered this piece of her past like a black-and-white movie, the images blurred and out of focus, beyond reach.

In the memory-Ana's first-she was three years old. She stood in the hallway outside a bathroom; her mother was on the other side of the door, sobbing and wailing.

"Mamá," Ana whispered through the wooden door. "Are you okay?"

She could hear her mother crying, then trying to catch her breath.


Ana put her hand on the knob and turned it. She pulled open the door and peeked inside. Her mother leaned against the wall with one hand and turned and looked at Ana through puffy red eyes. Her mother's hand trembled as she reached up to wipe the tears that streamed down her cheeks.

"Ana," her father said from the hall, "leave Mamá alone, por favor." Ana felt confused and afraid. Her papá's eyes were also red and he, too, had been crying.

"Your sister Lucía-," he started, then stopped. He drew a deep breath and then said quickly, "Your sister has died."

Ana heard the words, but she didn't really understand. She was too young to comprehend the meaning of death and grief. All she saw was that Mamá and Papá were crying, and that made her uneasy and afraid.

"Okay," Ana whispered, backing away from the door.

She knew that her mother had gone to the hospital and given birth to her youngest sister in the summertime. She knew that Lucía was sick and that her mother had come home without the baby. Mamá went to see Lucía at the hospital every morning but always returned home alone.

Ana had never met her baby sister, and now she never would.

Lucía died when she was two months old.


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Table of Contents

Preface     1
Ana's Story     7
Afterword     242
A Letter from Jenna Bush     245
You Can Make a Difference     249
Protect Yourself, Protect Others     259
Websites and Help Lines     269
What's the Real Deal? Ten Myths about HIV/AIDS     275
Do You Know the Whole Story? Ten Myths About Abuse     280
Discussion Questions for Ana's Story     285

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ana's Story is a very touching story about a girl who lives with HIV/AIDS, and a baby. The author documents her life, and learns about the struggles that she's had to go through in the seventeen years Ana's been alive. I learned about bravery and determination. Ana kind of moves from place to place a lot in this book. From her grandma's house, to her aunt's, to her friend Yolonda's. Then eventually she moves into a home for people who have HIV/AIDS. There she meets this guy, and they fall in love. She ends up having a baby later in the story, and the dad gets sick. His disease causes him to pass away. It makes Ana's struggle just a little more hard, but she lives through. It inspires me, and makes me feel like I can get through anything in life no matter how hard the struggle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Throughout Ana's life she goes though many struggles. Not having parent to help her out, and living with Aids. All by herself she makes it though all the struggles she has encountered. This book is a heartwarming story that shows you how easy your life really is. Ana has many things that she goes though, that most people don't ever have to encounter. This book is for anyone that wants to read about a young girl that has many things that are going wrong in her life.
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Erika Perlewitz More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing it makes me thankful for what i have! A must read book by anyone! I read this book in one night and im in 7th grade!
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Ana is a young girl who was infected with HIV/AIDS by her mother. As a child her Mother, and Sister past away because of HIV/AIDS. Now she is left with her other sister Isabel and father who is sick also. After her father died she moved with her Abuela. While she was living there she went through some tough times, giving attitude to her grandmother. Her grandmothers boyfriend Ernesto malested her and her sisiter Isabel. Then she moved into her great aunt Sonias house. She was also beaten because of her behivor. When she tried to escape these hard times in her life she tried to move into her friend Yolandas house. However the judge did not agree with this because she did not have family approval. Now she was moved a Reform Center. There she met her specual friend Berto who also had HIV/AIDS. He soon after moved itno a house with HIVS/AIDS infected people. He got her to move into the house also and they soon found love. Now she is pregnat, and is scared that she will have HIV also. once she had her baby she found out that she does not! Berto was in the hospital. She has to make some tough decisions that can change her life completely. this is a very good book!!!!
Juggalocoroni More than 1 year ago
Ana's Story a Journey of Hope is heart wrenching. In the very beginning, you find out that her baby sister died at 3 months old, and her mother died when Ana was 3 years old from the only fear in her life... Her father couldn't financially support her and her only other sister, so she was forced to live with her grandmother. Living with her abuela (grandmother) become tougher and tougher, and Ana started to seperate herself from not only her grandmother, but from the outside world. Ana has a reason, though. A reason to be upset and dicouraged... A reason that changes her life forever.
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