What is the tone in Al Capone Does My Shirts?

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The tone of Al Capone Does My Shirts is complex, as it is satirical but also serious. At the beginning of the book, the satirical side of the narrator, Moose, comes out as he describes his new home on Alcatraz. He says, "I want to be here like I want poison oak on my private parts" (page 3). He is also at first somewhat satirical about the school his family wants his autistic sister Natalie to attend, the Esther P. Marinoff School. He describes the school as "where kids have macaroni salad in their hair and wear their clothes inside out and there isn't a chalkboard or a book in sight" (page 3-4).

As the book goes on, Moose develops a more serious tone about his sister. For example, when he is watching her and trying to keep her calm before her school interview, she...

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