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: J FICTION Choldenk Gennifer
Characteristics: 228 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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A 2005 Newbery Honor book

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Mar 18, 2021

I read the story because of a general interest in Alcatraz. The story was also profound in many ways beyond the setting. I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

Make sure you read the interviews at the end of the book. I thought they were quite fascinating.

Edwamau Apr 30, 2020

This is a historic fiction geared to ages 10 and above. The story is set in 1935 on Alcatraz where the families of the guards and warden reside on the island right next to the prison. The children who live there must commute to school by ferry. Moose Flanagan, the son of the
newest prison guard must navigate this new life on the island as well as helping his family and protecting his sister, Natalie. Natalie is autistic, something that was not understood in 1935. I thought this was a great read and I learned something about life on Alcatraz. This title also is a Newbery Honor book.

Jul 10, 2018

Funny and mysterious at the same time. Wonderful book about how life on Alcatraz could've been like. Two thumbs up!!

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!

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