In the novel Al Capone Does My Shirts, the protagonist, Moose, moves with his family to Alcatraz so his father can begin a job as a prison guard.
Moose is in seventh grade and must start a new school, while his sister, Natalie, who is autistic, hopes to get accepted into a special school in San Francisco.
Moose misses his old baseball buddies from his former school and doesn't yet know how he will fit in with his new classmates. The negative effects of the move for Moose are more noticeable at first; his sister is not accepted into the school in San Francisco, so Moose must "babysit" her after school everyday. Moose's mother is a music teacher and Moose's father is busy with his job, so that leaves Moose to take care of her. Since Natalie is autistic, this is a very difficult task.
Moose also becomes acquainted with a classmate named Piper who just happens to be the daughter of the warden of the prison. The enterprising Piper develops a scheme by which she hopes to make extra money from...
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