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Gennifer Choldenko

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade

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Chapters 1-6

Reading Check

1. Esther P. Marinoff School for those with intellectual disabilities (Chapter 1)

2. Theresa Mattaman (Chapter 2)

3. The convicts (Chapter 5)

Short Answer

1. When Moose first describes Alcatraz, he says it is a “rock covered with cement topped with a bird turd and surrounded by water.” (Chapter 1) He is uneasy about living so close to a prison and describes the houses as being nothing but cement. These statements indicate that Moose believes the island itself is not visually appealing and is cold and dangerous. (Various chapters)

2. Moose is simultaneously protective of his sister and confused about her behavior. He explains that he is never sure what will “set her off.” (Chapter 2) An example of this is when he did not greet Natalie one morning, and she cried for two hours afterward. He is insecure about others meeting Natalie because he is afraid they will not understand her either. (Various chapters)

3. Theresa has been given the task of looking for newly dead criminals on the island. She was assigned this task by Piper. (Chapter 3)

Chapters 7-12

Reading Check

1. Baseball (Chapter 7)