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Umbrella Summer

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  4,080 ratings  ·  448 reviews
Annie Richards knows there are a million things to look out for -- bicycle accidents, food poisoning, chicken pox, smallpox, typhoid fever, runaway zoo animals, and poison oak. 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, Rebecca, and hot dogs on the Fourth of July. Everyone keep...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 25th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published June 2nd 2000)
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Cara
You know how you get tired of reading the same thing over and over again? I was in that kind of rut. It's not any of the books were really bad, but I wanted something different. I wanted to feel like what it was to be a kid again. You know how you think you won't ever forget? Well inevitably you do forget some things. Thank goodness we have authors who can remember enough so young readers will want to read. If it weren't for authors who wrote for kids I know I probably wouldn't have become a rea...more
Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
Lord. I haven't cried so much since the first time I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This book is amazing. It's written so well like it's really from the perspective of a ten-year-old girl who is coping with the aftermaths of her brother's death. It's just so innocent and childish and.. and completely heartbreaking. This is the point where I started crying:

"Don't call me Moonbeam anymore," I told him.
"What?" he said.
"Don't call me that anymore unless you mean it."
Mom came down the las...more
Hannah
I honestly wish I could say I loved this book like most of my friends, but I have to give it a 3.4223 at most. Yes, this book was amazing. No, I didn't love it.

Let's start with the positive. This book is wonderful: it's sad, heartwarming, has a moral, and I would definitely read it again. It's filled with this beautiful wisdom that doesn't sound like wisdom until you finish the book (does that make sense? well, it should once you read it).
Okay, as a confirmation, it's definitely heartwarming. It...more
Jeni Bell
Recently, during a 3 1/2-hour flight to Phoenix, I read Lisa Graff's UMBRELLA SUMMER, and I tell you, I cannot count the number of times I cried while reading this book. It's the story of Annie, a 10-year-old girl whose brother, Jared, died of a undiagnosed heart condition after being hit by a hockey puck five months earlier. Now, Annie is obsessed with protecting herself from harm: She wears a bike helmet during car rides, covers her mosquito bites with Band-aids (and wonders if they might be c...more
Amanda (Born Bookish)
I love reading middle grade books because the characters are always so quirky and lovable. In this book the main character Annie is afraid of everything ever since her brother Jared dies unexpectedly. Annie’s parents haven’t been the same since her brother’s death, but they refuse to talk about it, leaving Annie to deal with things in her own way. She wears a helmet when walking down the street, goes through more boxes of band-aids than a family of 12, and knows more about diseases than any 10...more
Ashley
I love this book. I really forgot I read it but I was amazing. I read this last year and my heart sank. A young girl's brother,Jared, passes on and her life will never be the same. When a neighbor she never exspects tures into her friend she is made a new. Her best friend and her get in a fight that really takes a toll on what has happened. She will have to look down deep and over come an exspect that Jared has passed on. It was a great book that shows the true meaning of friendship and a young...more
Tanya Marie
Young Anne is a dear one - her older brother died earlier in the year and the story spans the first part of July, ending on his birthday reminder. Annie is a true worrywart if not on the brink of hypochondria as a result of her brother's rare death condition. Beautifully written and I loved how the book, Charlotte's Web, was included to bring closure for not only Anne.
GirlwiththeBraids
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,...more
Mollie F
I really enjoyed reading Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff. This story was about losing someone you love and learning to cope with the grief that follows. The book reminded me of losing my great grandmother this past summer. Annie, the main character in this story, became very fearful about life and was extremely cautious about everything in her life. I was totally able to relate to Annie's feelings. When you lose someone you love, it changes the way you view life. I also understood why Annie was s...more
06emmah
Annie Richards lives with her mom and dad. She used to have an older brother Jared, but he died a few months before the story starts. Jared was playing hockey when he got hit by a puck and the puck damaged his heart. All the doctors they went to said that he would be fine. Now, Annie is super careful about everything. She wears tons of bandaids and she often has to go to the store to buy new boxes. She walks her bike slowly down hills instead of riding it fast like she used to. Things are also...more
babyhippoface
Racing downhill and feeling the wind in her hair is a thing of the past for 10-year-old Annie. Now she walks her bicycle down the hill, even though it takes 5 times as long, because it's much safer. Elbow and knee pads, ankle wraps, and boxes of Band-Aids have become symbols of her life since her older brother Jared died. Mom and Dad say she's safe, that they'll always protect her, but that didn't help Jared, who died as a result of a rare heart condition aggravated by a hockey accident.

Now Ann...more
Kristen
Read in one sitting! Outstanding!! Apparently it's a kids book but adults can also relate to the concept of opening ones own umbrella!
Leah
This one came highly recommended by my 9 year-old daughter. I thought the cover was cute and the title intriguing. I wasn't expecting anything nearly as sweet, insightful and well-written. Absolutely beautiful story of overcoming loss and grief told through a bright, funny 10 year-old girl. Icing on the cake was the references to my all time favorite children's book "Charlotte's Web". This is one is so full of gems of wisdom, that I'm likely to reread it from time to time. Yay, OBOB (Oregon Batt...more
Angela (:
You don't need that protection anymore. Because the sun is starting to shine again. It's coming out slowly, but it's coming. And if you keep up your umbrella, then you're not ever going to see it.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

This is a really cute book about moving on. Annie's a bit annoying at times, but then again, she is only nine/ten. I really liked Mrs. Finch, the new neighbor who really helps Annie patch things up. She's so nice. :)

I especially liked the ending, because everything, and I mean ev...more
Becky
I have been wanting to reread Umbrella Summer for several years now. I remember having a good, strong connection with Annie, the heroine. Every single person in the Richards family is struggling with grief--with the loss of Jared, Annie's older brother. But it is Annie whom we come to know and love throughout the book. We see the parents handling of grief, of moving on or not moving on as the case may be. We see how they parent, if they parent, Annie. All this is seen through Annie's perspective...more
Jessica
This book was pretty good. It is a journey about a girl named Annie who faces a terrible moment in her life where her brother Jared dies. Ever since he died, things have never been the same. Annie knows that her brother died when no one thought anything was wrong with him. Now that she knows that, she feels that the same thing could happen to her. She now is extra safe with everything, wearing all kinds of gear and researching diseases she could catch. When things start getting to far, Annie's M...more
Katie
Sweet and sad and a little hokey. There is some use for sad "my brother died and I'm trying to deal with it" books, but it has been done better in other novels. Unless you have a large populations of morose children who like to read this sort of thing you probably already have something on your self to fit the niche.

Shannon
Annie's brother passed away six months ago. He was hit in the chest with a hockey puck the doctors said he was okay, but he died the next day. So, Annie is extra cautious. She wears a bike helmet everywhere she goes, even if she is walking. Her ankles are always wrapped in ACE bandages so she doesn't sprain them. She is reading a book of diagnosing and treating diseases. Annie is a quirky character but easy to love. Annie's new neighbor Mrs. Finch has her own wounds to tend to and they help each...more
Kimberley
What a beautifully sad but happy, heart warming story. I loved every bit of it.
Annie is so adorable and Mrs Finch was such a sweet, kind hearted person.
I'll definitely be reading more of Lisa Graff's books.
Jessica
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Addison Children
Annie's older brother died of an aortic aneurism six months before the book begins. Annie has become extremely fearful and cautious, lest she herself suffer the same fate. Annie wears a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wraps her ankles in Ace bandages to ride her bike, and sometimes to walk. She begins wearing her helmet in the car as well, after one of her friends points out how many people die in auto accidents. Her parents are withdrawn and marginally helpful. A widow moves into the neighbo...more
Abby
I love this book!! My favorite character is Mrs. Finch, I like her because she's a kind person.
Kathy
Great story, a tear jerker with good characters and a strong well delivered message.
Jillian Roberts
Annie ended up closing her "umbrella" and she helped her mom close her "umbrella" too.
Heather
i cried so hard while reading this i LOVE my brother ill never let him go I LOVE U CHASE
Kristen
A sweet little book about the grief process as seen through the eyes of ten year old Annie Richards. Annie protects herself from the grief of losing her brother by focusing on preventing and looking out for any possible danger or illness. Meanwhile her Dad is forgetting things constantly, and her Mom locks the door to Jared's room, refusing to think about him.

It takes a hamster's funeral, a car wash gone wrong, and the kindness of an elderly neighbor to help Annie close her "umbrella of sadness"...more
Alexa
This book is confusing is the first thing that comes to mind. It is sad and practically shows you how complicated a childs life can be. I think parents should read Umbrella Summer to remind themselves how complicated friendships get as a child. If you love being reminded of childhood or you want to understand a child better read this book. Know Im not saying to go in your childs room after reading Umbrellla Summer and ask, What friend has betrayed you recently, because if your child has bad frie...more
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Annie never goes anywhere without being prepared. She wears a bicycle helmet, sometimes even when she’s not on a bicycle. She carries lots of band-aids. She checks for black widow spiders. She doesn’t ride her bike fast or climb too high and she always, always wears sunscreen. Annie even does research looking up the symptoms of diseases in the medical encyclopedia so she can know right away if she’s got something weird.

Annie knows there’s a lot of dangerous stuff in the world and if you don’t lo...more
Becky
Umbrella Summer was a quick and easy read. It didn't capture me at the beginning like I had hoped, but it packed a punch at the end. Annie is quite a character and it was easy to fall in love with her. I found myself wanting to just give her a hug! Especially since her parents, though grieving the loss of their son, were totally uninvolved with her life. It almost seemed that Annie had better relationships with the adult neighbors around her than with her own parents. Through one of those relati...more
Stacy Ford
Annie Richards' brother has passed away from a heart related maladay related to getting hit with a hockey puck a few days earlier. Annie keeps her grief at bay by constantly thinking about potential things that could cause her to have an illness: ebola, chicken pox, gangrene, riding her bicycle, high blood pressure, mosquito bites and more. Her parents aren't getting along too well either. They still care for Annie and provide for her and even try to talk to her. But, they aren't quite there for...more
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