Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

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Today I moved to a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water. I'm not the only kid who lives here. There's my sister, Natalie, except she doesn't count. And there are twenty-three other kids who live on the island because their dads work as guards or cook's or doctors or electricians for the prison, like my dad does. Plus, there are a ton of murderers, rapists, hit men, con men, stickup men, embezzlers, connivers, burglars, kidnappers and maybe even an innocent man or two, though I doubt it. The convicts we have are the kind other prisons don't want. I never knew prisons could be picky, but I guess they can. You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless you're me. I came here because my mother said I had to.


 

About Gennifer Choldenko

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Gennifer Choldenko (www.choldenko.com) lives in the San Francisco Bay area. She has won much acclaim for her novels, including a Newbery Honor for Al Capone Does My Shirts.
 
Published April 20, 2006 by Puffin. 241 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference. Fiction

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When Moose and the other Alcatraz kids find themselves in the middle of a frightening prison break, rule-abiding Moose learns that “[s]ometimes making trouble is the right thing to do,” demonstrating his deepening understanding of a world that is not black and white.

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Moose’s world is turned upside down when his family moves to Alcatraz Island where his Dad has taken a job as a prison guard.

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But Piper's father is his father's boss and one false move could mean his father losing his job.

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Publishers Weekly

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Set on Alcatraz Island in 1935, Choldenko's (Notes from a Liar and Her Dog ) exceptionally atmospheric novel has equally unusual characters and plot lines. Tw

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It's August 1935 and 12-year-old narrator Moose Flanagan's autistic sister, Natalie, is headed to a boarding school for special needs children, promising an easier life for him and his parents (“We've been three people and an octopus all of my life, and now the octopus is gone”).

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Examiner

There is also a sequel, 'Al Capone Shines My Shoes,' and author Gennifer Chlodenko plans to release a third book, 'Al Capone Does My Homework.'.

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Christian Science Monitor

Moose Flanagan is back, and you don’t have to have read “Al Capone Does My Shirts,” Gennifer Choldenko’s Newbery Honor-winning first book, to appreciate the sequel, Al Capone Shines My Shoes.

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Common Sense Media

Readers will cheer when Moose finally stands up for himself, his sister, and his family, making his mother realize that the ends don’t justify the means;

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KidsReads

But when Al Capone calls in a favor from Moose in return for Natalie’s placement at the school, Moose’s life is about to go from complicated to downright dangerous as he finds himself at the center of an elaborate escape plot.

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KidsReads

You see, Moose and his family live on Alcatraz Island, where Moose's father has a new job as electrician and prison guard.

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(Portal - United States)I work in educational technology, collaborating with schools to use technology to improve learning.

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