Sunday, May 17, 2009

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

"Today I moved into a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water. Alcatraz sits smack in the middle of the bay--so close to the city of San Francisco, I can hear them call the score on a baseball game on Marina Green. Okay, not that close. But still." (3)

Twelve-year-old Moose Flanagan and his autistic older sister Natalie have just moved to Alcatraz, where his father is working two jobs. His life is as normal as life could be while living amongst some of the most nortorius criminals ever. But Piper Williams, the daughter of the warden, is set on making trouble and blaming other people. And Natalie's chances at getting the help she needs are becoming slim, forcing Moose to look after her and make sure she has some interaction with "people her own age." All Moose wants to do though is play baseball after school. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko is an original book, casting light on the little known life of kids on Alcatraz.


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