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Al Capone Does My Shirts

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  • 1. Al Capone Does My Brother's Shirts Based on Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko A digital picture book by Kathleen Pedro
  • 2. My name is Natalie Flanagan. My favorite things to count are buttons.
  • 3. This is my mother. She says I am 10 and makes lemon cake for me. This is my father. He works as a prison guard and reads numbers out of the newspaper.
  • 4. This is my brother Moose. He likes baseball. I never say it, but he's my favorite person in the whole world. “ Hey, Natalie, the sun get up okay this morning?” Hey, Natalie, the sun get up okay this morning?
  • 5. My family moved to San Francisco to Alcatraz Island, the famous prison, so I could go to a special school: the Esther P. Marinoff School. It would make my parents happy if I went there. Hopefully, I will be happy, too.
  • 6. On the island, Moose and I met new friends: Theresa, her brother Jimmy, Annie, and Piper, who is the Warden's daughter.
  • 7. Piper asked me, “How much is 28 times 478?” I told her, “13, 384.” Moose glared at Piper. He thought she was making fun of me, but I didn't mind. I like numbers.
  • 8. He does that sometimes. The least I can do is correct him. Then we went to the school, and my family said goodbye. The next day, I went to Esther P. Marinoff. On the boat, Moose said: Bad Moose. Nine birds. Nine. I count 229 birds.
  • 9. At the school, I didn't have my buttons to count. I missed my family. The next morning, I was sad. Mr. Purdy yelled at me because I was being sad too loudly. He called my family. They came and brought me home.
  • 10. At home, Piper added laundry from the kids at school to our laundry. Moose was nervous about it. Piper had gotten money for it. Meanwhile, I counted the birds. My father worked. My mother taught music lessons. I don't think anyone was happy. Maybe Piper.
  • 11. Mr. Purdy from the Esther P. Marinoff School said Mrs. Kelly could help me get ready to go to the school later on. So I started to see Mrs. Kelly. Let's work on personal pronouns!
  • 12. As nice as Mrs. Kelly was, I liked staying with Moose better. I counted stones while he went looking for baseballs lost by convicts. Baseball.. baseball...
  • 13. While Moose was looking for a baseball, I met 105. He called me, “Sweetie.”
  • 14. Moose saw 105 holding my hand. He got upset, even after 105 gave him a baseball, which I thought was a nice thing to do. After that, Moose didn't want to go outside with me anymore. Stay away From Natalie, You convict! Relax! Here's a baseball. Natalie said you wanted one.
  • 15. I became upset and threw one of my tantrums. Moose got upset, but he smiled when I said, “ I want to go outside.” I never said “I” aloud to Moose before. Mrs. Kelly showed me how.
  • 16. So we went outside, and my brother pushed me on the swing.
  • 17. In all the excitement, I almost forgot my birthday. My family didn't. My mother got me a cake that said I was 10. Even Theresa, Jimmy, Annie, and Piper came. I think Moose likes Piper. He doesn't want to admit it, but I can tell.
  • 18. After the party, Moose told my mother that I was 16 years old. Her cheeks turned red, and she yelled at him. But my father asked me, “Natalie, how old are you?” I replied, “I am sixteen at two thirty-one today.” My father said he was proud, but he could barely get the words out.
  • 19. Then I went back to Esther P. Marinoff to interview with Mr. Purdy, to see if I was ready to go to the school. I said to him, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” “ Well, I don't know, Natalie.” “ Because one of his buttons rolled to the other side.”
  • 20. He called later and said I was not ready. I don't think he likes my jokes.
  • 21. My mother cried and lay in bed. She said it was not my fault. I still felt bad.
  • 22. Moose tried to ask Piper's father, the Warden, to get me into the school. He even wrote a letter to Al Capone, the famous criminal, asking him to help me.
  • 23. I guess it worked. I'm going to the Esther P. Marinoff School.
  • 24. Moose hugged me, even though hugging bothers me. I did like seeing him happy.
  • 25. I like seeing everyone happy.
  • 26. The End