Al Capone Does My Shirt Chapters 13-15 Summary & Analysis

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Al Capone Does My Shirts

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Al Capone Does My Shirt Chapters 13-15 Summary & Analysis

Chapter 13 Summary: One-Woman Commando Unit

Monday, January 9, 1935

Helen tells Moose the “good news” that she met with Carrie Kelly and that they are taking Natalie’s button box away so she has “no more counting…no more obsessions” (81). She also tells Moose that “’Mrs. Kelly says not supposed to do anything she actually likes to do” (81). Helen also asks Moose if he can look after Natalie after school because she is going to teach piano to a few students in order to earn more money. Mrs. Kelly advises them that Moose should take Natalie wherever he goes like a normal sister. Moose’s mom tells him: “We need to help Natalie join the human race” (83).

However, Moose remembers that he plays baseball and can’t commit to looking after Natalie on certain days. His mother asks him to ask Scout if they can change the days they play baseball. However, Moose protests because he barely knows these guys and would feel awkward asking them to change things just for him. But eventually he obeys his mother because his “mom is like a one-woman commando unit” (85). 

Chapter 14 Summary: Al Capones Baseball 

Same day — Monday, January 9, 1935

Before class, Moose approaches Scout to ask if they can play on Tuesdays instead of Mondays. At first, Scout doesn’t budge. Moose tells him the partial truth—that his mother teaches piano on Mondays, and he has to look after his sister. “I leave out the part about my sister being older than me and nutty as a fruitcake” (87). Then Moose even has the audacity to ask if they could play baseball on Alcatraz, and that “maybe could play with them” (88). They talk about Al Capone being a first baseman and the possibility of Moose getting a convict’s baseball, one of the ones…

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