Bicycle accidents, food poisoning, chicken pox, smallpox, typhoid fever, runaway zoo animals, poison oak — there are so many things to look out for, and Annie Richards worries about them all! In fact, ever since her brother Jared's death, Annie has been extremely careful, and has even given up some of her favorite things, like bike races with her best friend and hot dogs on the Fourth of July. Everyone tells Annie that she's worrying too much, but after what happened to Jared, Annie doesn't believe them.
Then a new neighbor comes along and helps Annie realize that her plans for being careful aren't working out. Can Annie find a way to close her umbrella of sadness...and step back into the sunshine? This charming, touching novel examines the nature of grief and what it takes to heal.