Al Capone Does My Shirts

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Al Capone Does My Shirts
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AuthorGennifer Choldenko
Followed byAl Capone Shines My Shoes
 
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Al Capone Does My Shirts
Al Capone Does My Shirts cover.JPG
AuthorGennifer Choldenko
Followed byAl Capone Shines My Shoes

Al Capone Does My Shirts is a 2004 young adult novel written by Southern California-based author Gennifer Choldenko. The book was named as a Newbery Honor selection and in 2007 it received the California Young Reader Medal.

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Matthew Moose Flanagan and his family have just moved to Alcatraz Island,off the coast of San Francisco, and his father has just taken a job as a prison guard and electrician so that his sister Natalie can go to a special school. Moose misses his old baseball team and home, and he struggles for recognition in his new school. Moose also meets a girl, Piper, who is exceedingly attractive and seems nice at first but turns out to be quite obnoxious. His sister, Nat, who has a severe case of autism, is rejected from the Esther P. Marinoff School crushing her parents' hopes for Natalie's education. Moose takes care of Natalie after school because his mother, Helen, teaches music lessons, and he must find a way to deal with Natalie's screaming fits and constant needs, including lemon cake and buttons. Complicating Moose's life even more is Piper, the daughter of the prison warden. Piper lures Moose into her scheme to make money by collecting laundry from their classmates with the promise that Al Capone is among the convicts assigned to laundry duty on Alcatraz.

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