Everything you need to understand or teach But in the Fall I'm Leaving by Ann Rinaldi.
Whil e But in the Fall I'm Leaving primarily examines the effects of divorce on a family, most specifically on a girl who yearns for a real mother in her life, it also centers on a mystery. Brieanna (Brie) McQuade knows that there is something unusual about her father's relationship to Miss Emily, but she does not know how the rich older woman is connected to her own life.
When she is forced to work for Miss Emily in compensation for having spray painted her house, Brie gets to know the person who she eventually discovers is her grandmother. Why this information has been hidden from Brie, in part, propels the plot of the novel.
Also important to the plot is the question of whether or not Brieanna will leave her father and move in with her mother. "But in the Fall I'm Leaving...