Why was Cara angry in the fourth grade in Andrew Clements' Landry News?

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By chapter 5 of Andrew Clements' Landry News, the narrator explains that Cara grew angry in the fourth grade, the previous year of the story, when her father divorced her mother. Cara had felt certain that the divorce was her fault since her parents were always arguing...

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By chapter 5 of Andrew Clements' Landry News, the narrator explains that Cara grew angry in the fourth grade, the previous year of the story, when her father divorced her mother. Cara had felt certain that the divorce was her fault since her parents were always arguing about the money needed to take care of Cara, to pay for college, clothes, and a "nice vacation." Cara believed her father had left because "he didn't want to feel responsible for a family--for her." Thinking that her father didn't want to take responsibility for her made Cara feel so angry that she needed to vent her anger on others.

At the time of the divorce, her fourth-grade teacher was starting a lesson on newspaper writing. Cara funneled all of her anger into newspaper stories she used to expose the weaknesses of all the people around her--her classmates, teachers, and school staff. For example, she exposed an obese teacher for hiding a stash of candy bars in her desk. While Cara was always careful to stick to the facts in her stories, her stories were very hurtful, so hurtful that conferences were constantly held with her mother, school principal, teachers, and even the school psychologist. But, Cara was always disappointed when her father never showed up to any of these conferences, which shows us that her stories were an act of rebellion to try and draw her father back into the picture so she could show him just how much he had hurt her and just how angry she was with him.

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