Al Capone Does My Shirts

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.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2004
ISBN: 9780399238611
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Chold 3558ya 1
Characteristics: 228 p


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May 13, 2017

a fun book with facts about the 30's and autism mixed in. recommende

Feb 06, 2017

This was a surprising read. It was not what I had imagined from the title but I ended up liking it. It's an interesting looks into an untold piece of history. It also has a great representation of children with developmental issues or mental illnesses in that time period. I appreciate this book, found it well-written and enlightening. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Aug 25, 2016

A look at the children on Alcatraz-a place you only think criminals lived but it is not the case. A very good look at a boy trying to learn to be a son and brother and yet be independent. A good look at a sister who has learning difficulties and how the family members treat her. Al Capone does have a very minor role in this but he does save the day.

Aug 04, 2016

Great historical fiction based on the employee families living on Alcatraz Island in the 30's. Pictures of actual ones in hard copy of book. Excellent young adult fiction! Have read all 3 in the series

Jul 21, 2016

im not sure how i got this book but when i read it i read all of them

Aug 20, 2014

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

LindaLeuthner Apr 26, 2013

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

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

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

olson_ys Feb 20, 2012

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!

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