Everything you need to understand or teach Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.
Delsie McHill lives in Cape Cod with her grandmother, Bridget. Delsie seldom thinks about the fact that her mother abandoned her. However, when her friend Aimee lands the lead in the play Annie, she asks Delsie what it is “really like” to be an orphan. Sadly, this reminds Delsie that her mother did leave her. As Delsie navigates the summer, she learns about friendships – that some friendships evaporate no matter how hard she tries to hold on and that a new person in the neighborhood could become a best friend. Most of all, she learns that her mother may be gone, but that she has never been abandoned. The novel's themes are the importance of true friendship, the definition of a family, and coming of age.