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Graff, Lisa.
New York : Geringer Books, 2009
IL 3-6, RL 4.6
ISBN 0061431877
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Annie Richards is a very cautious child: she wears her bicycle helmet, rides her bike slowly, wraps her ankles when walking and wears an assortment of band-aids. She imagines she has an array of diseases but is continuously told she's fine. Seven months previously her brother Jared had been injured in a hockey accident, was thought to be okay, but died of a rare heart ailment. Annie's parents can't give her the support she needs because they're too caught up in their own grief. Annie's tired of seeing the "dead-brother" look on the faces of well-meaning neighbors and friends. When Mrs. Finch moves into the "haunted" house in the neighborhood and Annie befriends her changes start to happen in Annie's life. With Mrs. Finch's encouragement Annie reaches out to family and friends and begins to close her umbrella of sadness and to enjoy life again.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2011)
SUBJECTS:     Death -- Fiction.
                        Grief -- Fiction.
                        Worry -- Fiction.

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