Umbrella Summer Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff

A sweet, engaging story of a girl dealing with fears after her brother’s unexpected death. For all of that, it manages to be funny and avoids becoming maudlin, helped along by a cast of likable characters. Its strengths are a depiction of childhood fears that feels real and the avoidance of any preaching or pat answers, combined with story that should appeal particularly to elementary school girl who like the occasional sad moment and realistic stories.

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