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Al Capone Does My Shirts

Choldenko, Gennifer (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Al Capone Does My Shirts
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A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
Authors: Choldenko, Gennifer, 1957-
Title: Al Capone does my shirts
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2004
Characteristics: 228 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Gennifer Choldenko
Summary: A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
ISBN: 0399238611
9780399238611
Branch Call Number: j CHOLDENKO
Subject Headings: United States Penitentiary, Alcatraz Island, California Juvenile fiction Autism Juvenile fiction Dysfunctional families Juvenile fiction Brothers and sisters Juvenile fiction Alcatraz Island (Calif.) History Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Autism
Dysfunctional families
Brothers and sisters
LCCN: 2002031766
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A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

When his father takes a job at the Alcatraz Island prison in 1935, 12-year-old Moose has to contend with an extraordinary new environment in addition to the challenges of life with an autistic sister.

A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.


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Al Capone is really a person that was in the Eastern State Penitentiary which opened in oct 25, 1829 and closed in 1971 at 2027 Fairmount Avenue philadelphia ,PA 19130 US went for summer

Our nine year old read this book in school. She is now on book two and we just put book three on order. She loved them, I may just have to read them myself!

Apr 15, 2013
  • mikeysister rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My 14 year old son and 12 year old daughter read this book for book projects in school, so I read it with them. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were totally believable and the setting of Alcatraz in the 1930’s was very interesting. Even though it was set in a totally different time period, they were drawn into the character’s world and developed strong feelings about many of them. Both of my kids are reluctant readers, so I try to find things that I think will interest them. Not only did they love this book, but they were eager to read the sequel. It is a great book for readers of all ages.

Jun 09, 2012
  • OLIVER DUNN rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I liked this book. It was a quick, easy read, but very entertaining.

The year is 1935. The place is Alcatraz Island--an island that just happens to be a prison housing some of the country’s worst criminals. So what’s twelve-year-old Moose Flanagan doing there? Moose’s father has just started a new job at the prison and his family has to live there. In fact, Moose is just one of 24 children who live on the island because their parents work there. But that doesn’t exactly make him happy about it. First of all there’s the fact that he’s moved away from his friends. Then there are prisoners to consider. His first night on the island Moose sleeps with his shoes on and a baseball bat under the covers, and that’s before he’s even heard about Al Capone. But the hardest part for Moose isn’t the adjustment to a new home. It’s dealing with his sister Natalie and her “condition,” known as Autism, which causes the most stress and exhaustion for his family. If she isn’t able to get into the Esther P. Marinoff School for special children it will push his mother to the breaking point and may even get his father fired. When it seems that there is no other option, Moose reaches out to his last hope, a prisoner named Onion 105. What, if anything, can a prisoner behind the walls of Alcatraz do for him? Moose doesn’t know for sure, but he is willing to take a chance. Watch for the sequel, Al Capone Shines my Shoes, coming this September to a library near you!

Jan 28, 2012
  • BRUCE PILCHER rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The target audience is teenagers but as an adult I enjoyed it. It was a quick easy read.

This is one of the best books I have ever read. I really liked it especially because his sister is autistic and my brother is as well. My brothers Autism isnt nearly as bad but I can still kind of relate. AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 03, 2011
  • nkontrol rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Written in diary form, this book is a treat to read. You will laugh, cheer and root for Moose as he navigates life though the island of Alcatraz, where his father works as a electrican/guard. I am thirty-one years old, yet I can totally relate to the story-- (adapting to change .. etc. etc.) I feel for his sister Natalie, who has autism, but since the book takes place in the 1930's, it wasn't recognized yet.

Apr 09, 2011
  • joycie97 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

a great read. It makes you laugh out loud, breaks your heart, and manages to make you sit on the edge of your chair in suspense all at the same time. :)

Jul 16, 2008
  • bibliouncommon rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a fabulous story set mostly on the fascinating island of Alcatraz. at a time when the guards lived on the island along with their families. Although they were in close proximity to some of the most dangerous criminals in the country, they also felt very safe because the criminals were locked up so tightly. The warden's daughter does a little racketeering of her own, taking full advantage of the most famous prisoner on the premises.

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Aug 25, 2014
  • red_mouse_49 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 25, 2013
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Jun 21, 2012
  • Orange_Duck_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Orange_Duck_1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 76

Jun 09, 2012
  • OLIVER DUNN rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

OLIVER DUNN thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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