Al Capone Does My Shirt Chapters 29-32 Summary & Analysis

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Al Capone Does My Shirt Chapters 29-32 Summary & Analysis

Chapter 29 Summary: Convict Choir Boy

Moose tries his best to steer clear of Piper and Annie warns him that he needs to watch himself because “she’s planning something” (159). “On Wednesday I find out Piper has given Scout 105’s baseball, and then she’s stopped talking to Scout” (159). Scout admits to Moose later that Piper is “more trouble than she’s worth” (159).

Piper corners Moose after school, asking for his help with 105 because he will not talk with her. She is hoping to convince Moose to let Natalie talk with him while they spy on them. As a result of  her sleuthing, she has found out that 105 is on gardening detail and that he only has about 6 months left on his sentence, which is why he’s given so much freedom. She believes he’s a good guy. Moose tells her he just wants to keep Natalie safe until she gets into the Esther P. Marinoff School. Piper asks the inevitable question: “what if feel disloyal” (163). Piper desperately wants to meet Al Capone and fraternizing with other prisoners seems to be her only way of getting close to him. That is why she is persistent with her plan to have Natalie talk with 105. 

Chapter 30 Summary: Eye 

Tuesday, May 7, and Wednesday, May 8, 1935

Moose wants to come totally clean with his mom, but he does not want to disappoint his dad again. Eventually he tells his mom the truth: “My mother doesn’t yell about us staying inside. Not one critical word comes out of her mouth. She doesn’t have to say anything. The air itself carries her blame” (166). The next day, Moose tries to find Natalie’s button box to distract her but he cannot find it anywhere in the house. He knows that his mother has taken the buttons with her. Natalie becomes distressed, repeating “105” or “buttons”.

Natalie starts to scream and Moose yells back at her to stop. In…

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