Al Capone Does My Shirts

by Gennifer Choldenko
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Where is Piper sent to live until late March in Al Capone Does My Shirts?

Following the laundry scheme, Piper is sent to live with her grandmother on Nob Hill until late March.

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Piper orchestrates a scheme that involves several other children on the island. She tells kids that for a fee, they can have their laundry done by Al Capone himself, with the laundry tags to supposedly prove it.

The warden, who is Piper's father, finds out about the shenanigans when he receives a letter of complaint from a local woman of high social standing. After realizing her own son had come home without his shirt, she began investigating the situation; her son told her that "the notorious gangster inmate Al Capone" was going to launder his shirt and that Piper and her friends had orchestrated the service.

Mrs. Del Peabody threatens to contact the local paper and the mayor's office if the warden doesn't resolve the situation immediately. Piper shifts the blame and buddies up to her father, who scolds the others for not taking personal responsibility for the situation.

Afterward, Piper disappears for a while; she is temporarily sent to stay with her grandmother on Nob Hill. Although Piper indicates that her absence reflects the fact that she's "sick to death" of their group, Annie asserts that the real reason Piper disappears is because she got into trouble for her role in the laundry scheme. In late March, the weather on the island improves, and Piper returns to Alcatraz.

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