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 keeps t...more
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"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
Annie is one of the most lovable characters. This book will evoke profound emotional responses from even the most stoic reader.
I'm in love.
Her brother died of something unexpected, and ever since, she has to be extra careful, and takes life too seriously, like a grown up! She is missing out on her childhood.
Thankfully, Mrs. Harper, an elderly lady moved in across the street to the "haunted house" and becomes friends with Annie, and helps her see life in a new way. Because of Mrs. Harper, Annie's umbrella starts to close, and s ...more
Ten year old Annie has changed since Jared died. She buys ace bandages every week from Lippy's, stops doing obstacle courses, wears her bike helmet even when off the bicycle, steals a great big book about preventing illnesses and is convinced she has Ebola.
When Ms. Finch moves into the haunted house (Annie's best friend Rebecca is convinced though it doesn't look much like one) she learns that maybe she should s ...more
Although the intended audience is most likely the upper elementary and middle scho ...more
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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
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 (that might not make sense now, but it will once you read it).
It's definitely heartwarming. Are your eye ...more
Umbrella Summer hooked me as soon as I met the character ...more
Because this is an in-depth review, it's impossible not to talk about the story from beginning to end. If you feel that would spoil the novel for you, please read Umbrella Summer first before reading this review.
The theme of Umbrella Summer, by Lisa Graff, (HarperCollins, 2009), is one of loss, grief, and eventual healing. Few middle grade authors are capable of achieving an exposition of this theme in the manner of Lisa Graff. Her use of dark humor, which at once is engaging ...more