Umbrella Summer

Umbrella Summer

By Lisa Graff

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Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.639474

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 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, who looks as plain as a box of toothpicks but has some surprising secrets of her own, to make Annie realize that her plans for being careful aren't working out as well as she had hoped. And with a lot of help from those around her—and a book about a pig, too—Annie just may find a way to close her umbrella of sadness and step back into the sunshine.

With winsome humor and a dash of small-town charm, Lisa Graff's third novel is a touching look at rising above grief and the healing power of community.

Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN-13: 9780061431876
ISBN-10: 0061431877
Published on 6/2/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Number of pages: 240

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This is a great book. It's about a girl that is worried about everything. When she finally tries to stop worrying about everything she is much happier and she finds out she enjoys it in the sunshine. Find out more by reading the book Umbrella Summer.

This is about a girl that is worried about everything.Ever since her brother died.Then though she realizes that her worrying so much is just making here more miserable. So then she decides to try to close here umbrella of sadness and stay in the sunshine.

@allidog1 I know, i've read this book before. its really sad

This book is so sad. It is about a girl whose brother died and ever since he died she was always careful of everything. Then one day when her friend's hamster dies and she leaves her friend all alone at the funeral.

A graet book to read!!!!! Filled with suspense, you always wonder what going to happen nex.

I am enjoying this book so far because it is really interesting to find out what is happening next! :)

great book for anyone super detail anyone going through a life crisis of a small crisis would love this book

it is a truly uplifting book annie sure does like the sunshine!!!!!!!

I loved this book and it was very interesting. It was very impressive about how Annie Richards is helped by the haunted house's owner, Mrs. Finch.

omg this book is so sad. my brothers name is jared sad. i REALLY hope he doesnt die by getting hit by a hockey puck

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