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Umbrella Summer

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,415 Ratings  ·  541 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 keeps t

Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published (first published June 2nd 2000)
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Annerys La Annie felt sad and happy at the same time. She felt sad because Jared was not with them. In the other hand she was happy because they were celebrating…moreAnnie felt sad and happy at the same time. She felt sad because Jared was not with them. In the other hand she was happy because they were celebrating Jared' birthday. (less)
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Jan 31, 2014 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jeni Bell
Apr 23, 2010 Jeni Bell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kierra N
May 28, 2015 Kierra N rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Umbrella Summer! Its so interesting. Annie is the main character she's so interesting, she's scared about all the things that could happen to her. She just needs to close her umbrella, for everything she's worried about. Like her brother Jared's death, or the dieses she thinks she has.
Nov 30, 2010 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Ixchel Ramirez
Annie, a ten year old girl, is a girl whose brother, Jared, died because a hockey puck hit him. Their mother took Jared to the hospital, and the doctor said he just hurt his chest and will be ok but then two days later he died. The hockey puck actually hit Jared in the heart. This made Annie not trust any doctor when someone is hurt. So now since this tragedy was over Annie has been scared of every little thing like getting a paper cut or getting stung by a bee. She even got a book full of what ...more
Apr 09, 2015 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My heart is overflowing with emotion. My mind is spinning with how I can make this book a part of my classroom and my kids' lives.

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.
Deborah Martinez
Jan 18, 2016 Deborah Martinez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Using the words careful and worry would be an understatement for describing main character, Annie Richards.

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
Bittersweet funny story of how Annie comes to terms with her brother Jared's death.

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
Teen Reader Reaction: Umbrella Summer is a heart-warming and takes its readers on a journey through a healing process. The generally upbeat tone and relaxed pace contribute to the book being both uplifting and enjoyable to read. Instead of being heart-stopping and intensely suspenseful, the story flows through a sequence of events recounted in a way that eliminates the need for plot twists and action-filled scenes.

Although the intended audience is most likely the upper elementary and middle scho
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
Mar 08, 2011 Mollie F rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 18, 2012 06emmah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 07, 2016 Nora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is about a girl named Annie who is paranoid about everything after her brother’s death. She is starting to close out her friends from her life from her fear of getting injured or sick. She has changed into a whole new person and everyone is concerned about her. A new neighbor moves in shortly after. She might be the key to Annie stepping out of her umbrella of sadness.
Mar 11, 2016 Dolores rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a heartwarming story. A story of a family in the throes of a terrible grief and how a young girl learns to deal with the grief and the loss and begins to come out on the other side with the help of a special neighbor.
Michele Knott
A powerful book about healing.
Graff always writes with such an authentic voice, it would be hard not to appreciate everything she crafts.
Feb 20, 2014 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read in one sitting! Outstanding!! Apparently it's a kids book but adults can also relate to the concept of opening ones own umbrella!
Dec 28, 2013 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Mar 20, 2016 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly wish I could say I loved this book like most of my friends, but I have to give it likeee... 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 (that might not make sense now, but it will once you read it).
It's definitely heartwarming. Are your eye
Apr 05, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
I recommend this book because it is fun to read, but is a little sad. It is fun to read because it has playful dialogue. It is sad because the main character, Annie's brother dies. Annie is very strong. For example when she was biking and fell because Doug (her friend) was in the way. Annie got a big scrap on her arm, but she was strong and didn't cry. Annie is also very paranoid when her brother, Jared dies. For example after he dies she doesn't want to get sick or hurt, so she only bikes if sh ...more
Mar 08, 2015 Ally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was cool
Aug 13, 2015 Mayra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished Lost in the Sun and had posted my review on Goodreads, when I went to check out what other people thought about the book & I soon discovered there was a previous book that connected the stories. I immediately went online, purchased the book, read it & loved it. Although both books are connected by the accidental death of a fifth grader, the stories stand on their own and can be read whenever you choose. I liked that.

Umbrella Summer hooked me as soon as I met the character
Apr 21, 2015 Yapha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Annie's brother Jared died in a freak accident the previous February, and Annie, her mother, and her father are each grieving in their own ways. For Annie it comes through as being overly cautious. She is obsessed with illnesses and accidents, constantly worrying that something tragic will happen to her. She takes extra precautions, such as wearing her bike helmet everywhere and passing up on possibly dangerous activities. In the process, she is driving her friends away. Her parents tell her to ...more
Edward Gordon
Jul 17, 2015 Edward Gordon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler Alert:

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
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