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Umbrella Summer

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  4,914 ratings  ·  506 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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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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Hippo Style Gennifer
Hullo, book! Long time no see!

Probably the most boring modern book I've ever read. Of course, there's been some good but slightly boring books (Little Woman, Alice in Wonderland, Wonder among others.)

I think I just listed some of your favorite books

The plot. Ohh, the plot the plot the poor, poor plot! No, no, there wasn't one. I mean, all that happened was SHE DID SOME STUFF THEN SHE DID SOME OTHER STUFFFFFFFFFF AND IT WAS KINDA BORING. (Upper Case Is Better, Man!)

Maybe I don't need to feel
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
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
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
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.
Read in one sitting! Outstanding!! Apparently it's a kids book but adults can also relate to the concept of opening ones own umbrella!
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
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 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
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
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
This book is amazing and I really recommend this book to people who have read A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass. This book is so touching, its like I'm Annie because I am very I mean very clumsy.
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
I think a little bit of Annie lives in all of us. Her character had me laughing initially but the more I read, the more I realized, hey…..that’s me and I started to think perhaps I should listen to what really is happening inside this novel. Annie gets focused on one thing and she forgets to look at the big picture, this failure to encompass the whole picture has her missing out on life. I think we all do this from time to time in our own lives, we all get so wrapped up in the little things in l ...more
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.

I really liked this book because it was very interesting and made me keep reading because I wanted to know what happened next. The book is about this girl named Annie and about a year ago her brother Jared died. He died because something was wrong with his heart and it happened so quick. Ever since he died Annie was always very cautious and worried about every little thing. She made sure she was always protected and sometimes she takes it a little to far. Everybody started to notice and began to ...more
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