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Umbrella Summer [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Graff
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


“With the same deftness she demonstrated in THE THING ABOUT GEORGIE, Graff immediately engages the reader.”

About the Author

Lisa Graff is the author of The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower and The Thing About Georgie, which was named to nine state reading lists. Lisa grew up in a small California town very much like the one in this novel and received an MFA in writing for children from the New School.

Product Details

  • File Size: 231 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061431877
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (June 2, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BD2UYI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
There's a reason I don't read Jodi Picoult. It involves the size of my eyelids the morning after I read one of her books. HUGELY PUFFY! Something happened when I had child number two-I can't cry over a sad movie, show, or book right before bed without waking the next morning looking like my eyelids have been stung by bees. It's not pretty.
This morning-puffy, swollen, bee-stung eyelids. Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff caused me to do some serious de-puffing this morning, but I loved this book! Sad books don't always make great read-alouds, but I do believe that the conversations you could have make this a good consideration for a read-aloud. I don't want to say anything else about the sadness, but boy is this a great book! The power of community to help a person heal-what a great message!
The main character Annie, is a girl I can relate to-she worries about everything! Bike safety, dangerous diseases, and more. She worries so much she has given up many of her favorite things to do, like racing on her bike with her best friend. Too dangerous. Now even though I can relate to Annie and her worries, the reason behind our compulsive worrying is not similar. We won't go into my issues, but Annie feels she needs to do enough worrying to keep herself and her family safe. Through her friendship with an elderly, new, next-door neighbor, the reading of Charlotte's Web (love books that reference other books!), and a few mishaps along the way, Annie learns that worrying isn't as necessary or all-consuming as she was letting be.
I'm so happy I loved this book, which sounds like a silly thing to say, but it bothered me that I did not like Bernetta Wallflower when so many other people have liked it. In my opinion it will become a kid's classic in the same vein as The Bridge to Terabithia.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST read, in my opinion July 15, 2009
A Kid's Review
I received Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff for my birthday this year, just days after it came out. I was excited about this, because I had already read Mrs. Graff's The Thing About Georgie, and read about this book online.

When I was debating on whether or not to start reading it, I thought, "Well, I'll just read the first chapter to see how it goes." And I ended up reading half of the book. And later that evening, I read the rest.

At the end of the book, I couldn't figure out whether to cry or just smile like an idiot. The last paragraph/sentence was truly epic in my opinion.

Lisa Graff is an amazing writer, and her characters are always real and relatable. I am looking foward to her next book.

Over all, Umbrella Summer is a must read. Order it right now, or just run to the book store.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Read" March 15, 2010
Annie hates getting the "dead brother" look, but she seldom escapes it during the first year after her older brother Jared's death. Now Annie is ultra careful to make sure she does don't have any diseases (like Ebola) or take chances that may cause her to be injured (like running an obstacle course,) since no one knew her brother Jared was sick until it was too late. As Jared's birthday approaches, each of the people who knew and loved him struggle to deal with the fact that he is gone.

Each character in Umbrella Summer plays an important part in helping Annie discover how best to celebrate her brother's life. Lisa Graff paints a humorous and poignant picture of the lives of Annie, her parents, her best friend, and the community that surrounds them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! July 13, 2011
By Jo Ann
Lisa Graff is now one of my favorite authors. She's one of those rare children's authors whose books speak to adults as well. I read The Thing About Georgie and loved it so much I bought copies for my son's 4th grade class.
Umbrella Summer was even better. The characters are funny and quirky and very real. There are messages in her books that are very powerful but in a way that isn't preachy or awkward. I'm 45 and I liked this book so much, I read it to my 10 year old son and then bought a copy for a friend.
I can't wait for more of her stories!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An increbible choice for my daughter July 24, 2010
By Karen
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My daughter, who is extremely sensitive, loved this book and gave it to me to read. I thought it taught lessons without being preachy. It mixed humor in with the heart-breaking. An exceptional novel. This author has created a true gift for her readers and I think those who read it come away with a greater understanding and empathy for those around them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy October 13, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graf is a wonderful story about a young girl who is afraid of having an accident-any kind of accident. She goes through boxes of band-aids and takes to reading a huge doctor's manuel for better diagnosing of her ailments. She has real reason to be afraid though as her older brother recently passes from an undetected heart problem and this is her way of working through her grief. This book is really well-written. Please have a box of tissues ready for last half of book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome July 27, 2013
By Zoe
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I love this book . It helped me close my umbrella, too. I definitely recommend this book for everyone. Z
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book July 16, 2013
By Isabel
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This is a great book that will make you look at life in another way. It should be longer though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall good
This book was pretty good. I got bored with this at the beginning but during the middle the end it was great.
Published 5 days ago by SO dumb
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the
I loved it so much. Great life lessons about taking risks and stepping out of your comfort zone. 5 stars!!!
Published 7 days ago by Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book is beautifully written and packed full of gorgeous imagery that made this grown woman cry!!
Published 23 days ago by Yvette
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book is about a 9-year-old girl named Annie Richards. Annie knows that there's lots of things to be careful about...bicycle accidents, food poisoning, Ebola. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Owl
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed
I love this book I gave it a five also
I love this book because of how detailed it is and I recommend it to every one who enjoys reading.
Published 1 month ago by PooiaLaura
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily relateable!
My daughter LOVED this book. It peaked her interest in 5th grade and she read it as a 6th grader. She found many of the pieces that mirrored her own life and could easily relate... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joanne Bartolotti
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST . . .
middle-grade books I've read that deals with the death of a family member--in this case, a brother--and how everyone from his sister and parents to his friends and neighbors are... Read more
Published 1 month ago by lrizz
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended to me by one of my 4th graders!
A wonderful book for anyone of any age. Must admit, this forty-three year old teacher cried and smiled through the end. :)
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving!
Brought tears to my eyes! Lovely this story! Loved the way Jared was remembered; a great teaching tool for everyone.
Linda Pike
Published 2 months ago by Linda Pike
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
If you like a good good with a lot of things going on this is the right book for you. Annie going on an adventure to close her umberella and learns a little bit of good info to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elise Gillman
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More About the Author

Lisa Graff is the author of several middle-grade novels, including THE THING ABOUT GEORGIE, UMBRELLA SUMMER, and A TANGLE OF KNOTS. She enjoys reading, baking, and playing board games. She is exceedingly proud to have twice placed fourth from last at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. A former children's book editor, Lisa now writes full-time from her home in New York City.

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