Umbrella Summer

Umbrella Summer

by Lisa Graff


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Annie Richards knows there are a million things to look out for—bicycle accidents, chicken pox, runaway zoo animals. That's why being careful is so important, even if it does mean giving up some of her favorite things, like bike races with her best friend and hot dogs on the Fourth of July. Everyone keeps telling Annie not to worry so much, that she's just fine. But they thought her brother, Jared, was just fine too, and Jared died.

It takes a new neighbor to make Annie realize that her plans for being careful aren't working out as well as she'd hoped. And with a lot of help from those around her, Annie just may find a way to close her umbrella of sadness and step back into the sunshine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061431890
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 124,548
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lisa Graff is the author of The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower and The Thing About Georgie, which was named to nine state reading lists. Lisa grew up in a small California town very much like the one in this novel and received an MFA in writing for children from the New School.

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“Umbrella Summer is a radiant book.”

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Umbrella Summer 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 245 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is about a a ten year old who's brother died. The girl, Annie, thinks she has all the diseases, when she meets an old lady who helps her overcome all her worries. The old lady also helps Annie close her "umbrella". This is a cute story and I highly reccomend it.
Avery Williams More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! Trust me! I never used to like reading and when I bought this book at my school book fair I read the back and loved it! The beginning is kinda confusing but in the end tears almost fell down my face! This book made me want to start reading! Enjoy!!!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it has a lot of humor in it. I think teachers should have thier students read this. Annie is sooo catious. Beacause,her brother Jared died. But if you had someone pass away you should read this book. Or if someone you know if one of thier friends or family members died. So you could tell them about it. Please read this book I LOVED it! So try to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book about a girl named Annie who thinks she has all these diseases after her brother dies in a skating accident. She meets a new neighbor and they instantly click. Will this lady hep get Annie to open her umbrela and see the world, orwill she be stuck under her umbrella for the rest of her life?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should definitely get this. It was great and amazingly awesome! I am 10 too and I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only on page 70 and i can't put it down! Everything in here is amazing! Ages: 8-15 Amazing: YES!!! incredible: YES!!!!!!
paigepurvis More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book about a girl and how she coped after her brothers death. After making an unlikley friend , the death of a beloved hamster and re - making a best friend Annie and her family and friends learn how to cope with death and remember there loved ones.
GirlwiththeBraids More than 1 year ago
The summer after her brother died from a rare accident, Annie Richards is overprotective and far too careful in everything she does. She wears a helmet when she is walking down the street, uses all of her allowance on Band-Aids, and isn't herself anymore. What if she got a scratch and it became infected? What if she got gangrene? Anything and everything can bring a sickness, deformity, or future medical problem. When an old lady moves into the house across the street, Annie realizes that maybe, metaphorically, she could shut her umbrella just a smidgen. Told with sincerity and clever similes, Umbrella Summer is the best book I've read that shows the aftermath of the death of a loved one in the most truthful way. One of the reasons this book was brought to my attention was the cover. It's vibrant and, I have to say, fits with the book well. The storyline was fast-paced and only told through two weeks. Annie is a spunky, refreshing character and all of them are so realistic. The writing was unmistakable and the author's talent was put to good use. I thoroughly enjoyed all this book has to offer! It's adorable, memorable, and teaches more than one great lesson. Contains: Things that might scare younger readers *different diseases *mention of maybe-amputations
Taylor Lemay More than 1 year ago
One of my friends told me to read this book and i am glad i did. It is a good story. It is ok at the beginning but keep reading it just gets better and you cannot put it down. UMBRELLA SUMMER is an easy and great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was more heartwarming than intriguing, but it taught a lesson so any of us have forgotten - it's OK to be cautious, but sometimes you need to let down your umbrella of worry and let the sunshine stream down, even if it means letting the raindrops fall as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Umbrella Summer is one of the best books I've ever read.Its about a girl named Annie.Her brother died just a year before of a rare disease.Now Annie thinks she has all these outrageous diseases.Then an old lady helps Annie see she needs to leave her own life and take a few risks.Annie helped guide me through insecurities,leaving me feeling good about myself at the end of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and i recomend it to girlss and women all over the world i love this book:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is soooo amazing. I highly reccommend it to anybody who has lost an importaint person in your life. A well written story. Do you have an umbrella up?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It was one of the best books i have ever read.
Laura Glass More than 1 year ago
This book is a amazing book i didnt want to put it down!:D
Alexi White More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It amazes me how one person can change your life. This is a good family book.
Bookfever More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great! I finished it in three days. It is one of my favorite books ever and I would suggest it to all of my friends! I got it at one of my school book fairs thinking it might be interesting but it turns out I got totally absorbed in it. I think that if your looking for a good book to read this would be the one!
-Morgan More than 1 year ago
Umbrella Summer is a good book over all. I think I was a little old to be reading the book, so I would recommend it to readers anywhere under thirteen. The reading level was fairly simple, and not enough of a challenge for me. The story in itself was great, and I think if I'd read the story a year ago, it would've been my all time favorite! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sad but worth it try to rent it from the library on your nook it makes your nook even more worth it. Overall his was a amazing book. A great book for kids who are dealing with loss of parents or siblings.:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy buy buy iiittt worth the money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for all ages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is heartwarming to me. The book tells how annie gets over her fears. She and an older neighbor of hers come together and get over their fears together. Good book for a yound reader.
Joan Sanchez More than 1 year ago
This book will make you want to dance in the rain:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i dont see how how anyone xould have rated this book a 1 star!!!!! thats impossible well i rate it a 5 star