Al Capone Does My Shirts

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Gennifer Choldenko
Penguin
Release Date:
Mar-01-2004

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9

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Product Description: Moose Flannagan moves with his family to Alcatraz so his dad can work as a prison guard and his sister, Natalie, can attend a special school. But Natalie has autism, and when shes denied admittance to the school, the stark setting of Alcatraz begins to unravel the tenuous coping mechanisms Mooses family has used for dealing with her disorder. When Moose meets Piper, the cute daughter of the Warden, he knows right off shes trouble. But shes also strangely irresistible. All Moose wants to do is protect Natalie, live up to his parents expectations, and stay out of trouble. But on Alcatraz, trouble is never very far away. Set in 1935, when guards actually lived on Alcatraz Island with their families, Choldenkos second novel brings humor to the complexities of family dynamics and illuminates the real struggle of a kid trying to free himself from the "good boy" stance hes taken his whole life.


Al Capone Does My Shirts

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Gennifer Choldenko
Putnam
Release Date:
Mar-30-2004

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8



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all ages

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The book is a fictional story in the setting of an historical area. The place is Alcatraz Island in 1935. Moose and his family must move into the area of San Francisco because of his sister, Natalie, who has a problem and needs to have special treatment. Alcatraz Island was the only place that Moose's father could get a job as an electrician. Moose must make new friends despite his unusual living area. He meets the children of the other workers at Alcatraz, and they all must be careful because they are living on an island where the worst of the worst reside. The setting was different, developing a base for a different young adult book. I found the book to be an enjoyable and easy read. Choldenko also developed the characters nicely making for a great story.

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