Al Capone Does My Shirts

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  • "Today I moved to a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water." (Choldenko 3)
  • This is my sister Natalie.. she's not like most people but she's very smart!
  • No there's not! She's just like us except she's super smart!
  • There is definitely something wrong with your sister
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. The protagonist is Moose and he is a twelve year old boy from San Francisco, now moved to Alcatraz. "But apparently nobody cares, because now I'm Moose Flannagan, Alcatraz island Boy" (Choldenko 3)
  • Moose is a 12 year old boy who moved from San Francisco to Alcatraz for his dad's job. He also has a sister, Natalie, who he is very close with. "Now I'm five foot-eleven, and a half inches." (Choldenko 5) "Her hair is like mine- brown and blonde all mixed up like birdseed" (Choldenko 11) "Different eyes, though. Mine are brown." (Choldenko 11)
  • Moose is very caring towards Natalie and watches out for her. He sticks up for her when she can't do that for herself. "Okay, so she's good in math. But something is wrong with her," Piper says. "WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?" I shout." (Choldenko 18)
  • At times, Moose could also be judgemental towards people which makes him more protective over Natalie. For example, when Moose and Annie were playing baseball he underestimated her and thought she couldn't play because she was a girl. "I run up close. I don't want to embarrass her. She's only a girl after all." (Choldenko 56)
  • Moose feels more responsible and keeps an eye out for Natalie. "I've been mad at everyone except for Natalie. I always try really hard not to get angry at her." (Choldenko 31) Moose has built up anger towards his family because of the move to Alcatraz. He knows he can't take it out on Natalie so he's able to control his anger around her.
  • Moose is a dynamic character because throughout the story he gets played by Piper a lot and always gets thrown into her drama. This makes Moose angry all the time and he has a negative vibe. But, when he realizes that Natalie is his priority and he helps her, he starts to have a more positive outlook. "I thought we weren't supposed to talk about Alcatraz." I say. "Why did you, then?" Piper asks, shifting her book to her other hand." (Choldenko 46)
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