Al Capone Does My Shirt Chapters 26-28 Summary & Analysis

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Al Capone Does My Shirt Chapters 26-28 Summary & Analysis

Chapter 26 Summary: Convict Baseball 

Same day— Wednesday, April 24, 1935 

Moose is frantically looking for Natalie when he hears a voice. He runs towards it and sees “Natalie sitting on a rock with someone. A man. He is wearing a denim shirt and denim pants….Natalie is sitting with a con” (147). The convict starts to hand Moose a baseball but then Moose yells at him to get away from his sister. “Take it easy, fella. I got your baseball, didn’t I?…Bye sweetie” (148). As the strange man walks away Moose “ the number stamped on the back of his denim shirt: 105” (148).

Chapter 27 Summary: Idiot 

Same day—Wednesday, April 24, 1935

The chapter begins with Moose torturing himself, wondering how long he had left Natalie alone and remembers what the Warden said: “some of these convicts haven’t seen a woman in ten or fifteen years” (149).

The scariest thing for Moose is not knowing what had happened while he was gone: “I don’t know what happened. I wasn’t there” (149). His fear causes him to drag Natalie towards home. When he gets to the door, he finds Piper there. She heard Moose yelling at Natalie and wants to know what is wrong. Natalie hands the baseball over to Piper. Natalie tells her “105”. Piper keeps pressing Natalie with questions and she eventually figures out that 105 refers to a convict and that he gave her the baseball. Piper is overwhelmed with excitement and tells Moose that “this is the beginning”, but Moose yells back “this is the end” (153). 

Chapter 28 Summary: Tall For Her Age

Same day— Wednesday, April 24, 1935

Moose believes that “the thing to do is come clean” (154). When he arrives home his mother is excited about a write-up in the newspaper about the Esther P. Marinoff School. She is convinced that once Natalie can re-enroll “She’s going to be fine!” (155). Moose points out that the school doesn’t accept kids who are older than twelve but Moose’s mother merely argues that Natalie is ten.

When Moose gets the courage to tell his parents that something happened, he tells them that…

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