Al Capone Does My Shirts Themes

Gennifer Choldenko
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The Flanagan family consists of parents and two children. One of those children happens to have a mental disability that causes her to need more attention than her younger brother, Moose. Natalie has temper tantrums, she does not interact with people, and she needs constant attention. Mrs. Flanagan is obsessed with finding ways to help Natalie become more like children unaffected by mental disability. Mrs. Flanagan is so obsessed that she often forgets the impact Natalie has on her unaffected son Moose.

Moose is a twelve-year-old who wants to spend time with his friends and play baseball. First, his mother takes away his friends by forcing the move to Alcatraz so that Natalie can go to a special school. Then Moose's mother takes away Moose's baseball day by forcing him to come home from school every day to spend time with Natalie. Moose becomes...

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