Umbrella Summer

Umbrella Summer

Four months ago, ten-year-old Annie Richards' brother Jared died suddenly of an undiagnosed heart ailment. Now Annie is super-worried--about rare illnesses, minor wounds that might become infected, falling off her bike, and just about everything else. Nothing the caring people around her do can help her to become less apprehensive, and her parents, while they love her, are caught up in their own sorrow.

As Jared's twelfth birthday approaches, Annie's anxieties and fears cause a rift with her best friend and threaten to destroy the happiness that is every child's right--until a new neighbor, dealing with her own grief, and a special book enter her life.

Annie is a smart, courageous girl who just might be as beloved to readers as the famous pig in the story that inspires her. Warning: you may want to keep a tissue handy. 239 pages.Ages 9-12


Recommended by Basya Karp, Librarian


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UMBRELLA SUMMER by Lisa Graff, Trailer by Amy Jensen of Waxahachie, Texas

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Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff is about a girl named Annie Richards. Her brother died of a rare heart disease. after he got hit with a hockey puck in the chest. Annie is super careful about lots of things. For example, she puts on all of the safety gear in the world to ride her bike down the street. Then she steals a medical book. A new neighbor moves in, and Annie becomes friends with her. Things are not going well with her best friend Rebecca.. Her new neighbor tells her to open her umbrella of sadness. Will Annie not be sad and will she and Rebecca be friend again.? Read Umbrella Summer to find out.

Umbrella Summer is an amazing book that everyone should read. It tells you not to be sad about what happened, and to be happy about what is going on in the world right now. This book was very good, and I couldn’t put it down.

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(Updated: May 13, 2013)
This book is a OK book. Some of the points were nice too.
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