Al Capone Does My Shirts

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Penguin, Apr 20, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 240 pages
21 Reviews
A Newbery Honor Book

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.

"Choldenko's pacing is exquisite. . . . [A] great read."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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User Review  - maureene87 - LibraryThing

This was interesting and honest and sweet, but somehow I didn’t LOVE it. Still, if anyone’s interested in the history of Alcatraz, or Al Capone, or autism, it would be a good read. [Sept. 2010] Read full review

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User Review  - Sam H. - Borders

This book is great for all ages. It is a fun book and is easy for kids in middle school o relate to. It shows how 12 year old Moose has to deal with the hardships of living on Alcatraz and have an ... Read full review

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Gennifer Choldenko is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor Award-winning author of ten children's books, including Notes From a Liar and Her Dog, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period, No Passengers Beyond this Point, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone Does My Homework. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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