Al Capone Does My Shirts

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Penguin, Apr 20, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 240 pages
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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  - AlbertPascal - LibraryThing

A fun and humorous story about the island of Alcatraz and the people who lived there in 1935. Moose Flanagan is the son of a guard-slash-electrician who reluctantly finds himself in new surroundings ... Read full review

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User Review  - rgruberexcel - LibraryThing

RGG: While living on Alcatraz with his family, a teenage boy deals with having an autistic sister. Although set in the 1930's, limited historical references. A sweet story; but the hint of the possibilty of the sister being sexually molested makes this a story for more mature students. 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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