"I keep thinking about when my mom's second cousin Mrs.McCraw came to visit. "Put her in an asylum, Helen. It's the humane thing to do," Mrs. McCraw said between bites of cinnamon nut cake. My mom turn ashen." (Choldenko 29).
""Stop looking at her like that" I say "That's Piper. Remember? I told you about her!" Theresa says. "So, not retarded. Stupid then?'' Piper asks. "Look, can we drop this already?" "I'm just asking a simple question,'' Piper says. "Not in front of Natalie,'' I whisper"(Choldenko 17).
Al Capone Does My Shirts. by Gennifer Choldenk
""But, mom," I say, "It says no kids are accepted after the age of twelve!'' My mother freezes. She's so still, it looks like she stopped breathing. "Natalie is 10, Moose. You know that.'' Her voice has a catch in it" (Choldenko 155).
No your not stop lying to her!
""when's your birthday Piper,?" "November sixteenth.'' "1922?'' "yep.'' "Natalie, what day of the week was Piper born?" "Thursday,'' Nat says without looking up. "That right?'' Piper doesn't answer, but her eyes open wider.She chews on her bottom lip"(Choldenko 18).
""I count 229 birds,'' I say, pointing at gulls. "Bad Moose ,'' Natalie says. "Nine birds. Nine'' I smile at her. "I count forty-seven people on deck.'' "Bad Moose,eleven people.Eleven" (Choldenko 26).
But I can't stop thinking what the Warden told me the first week we came here "Some of these convicts haven't seen a women in ten or fifteen years. I think you're old enough to understand what that means..." (Choldenko 149)
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