Cover image for Al Capone does my shirts
Title:
Al Capone does my shirts
Author:
Choldenko, Gennifer, 1957-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
228 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
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.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
6-9.

600 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.5 7.0 74909.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 4.7 13 Quiz: 36125 Guided reading level: T.
ISBN:
9780399238611
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Item Holds
Searching...
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Searching...
Searching...
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
Searching...
Searching...
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
Searching...
Searching...
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
Searching...
Searching...
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
Searching...
Searching...
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
Searching...
Searching...
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Reading List
Searching...
Searching...
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Searching...
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
Searching...
Searching...
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Searching...
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Searching...
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

Moose Flannagan moves with his family to Alcatraz so his dad can work as a prison guard and his sister, Natalie, can attend a special school. But Natalie has autism, and when she's denied admittance to the school, the stark setting of Alcatraz begins to unravel the tenuous coping mechanisms Moose's family has used for dealing with her disorder.

When Moose meets Piper, the cute daughter of the Warden, he knows right off she's trouble. But she's also strangely irresistible. All Moose wants to do is protect Natalie, live up to his parents' expectations, and stay out of trouble. But on Alcatraz, trouble is never very far away.

Set in 1935, when guards actually lived on Alcatraz Island with their families. Choldenko's second novel brings humor to the complexities of family dynamics and illuminates the real struggle of a kid trying to free himself from the "good boy" stance he's taken his whole life.


Author Notes

Gennifer Choldenko was born in Santa Monica, California.

Gennifer Choldenko is a Newbery Honor-winning American writer of popular books for children and adolescents. Her first novel, Notes From a Liar and Her Dog was named "Best Book of the Year" by School Library Journal and her second, Al Capone Does My Shirts, part of Al Capone on Alcatraz series, won the 2005 Newbery Honor citation.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. Twelve-year-old Moose moves to Alcatraz in 1935 so his father can work as a prison guard and his younger, autistic sister, Natalie, can attend a special school in San Francisco. It is a time when the federal prison is home to notorious criminals like gangster Al Capone. Depressed about having to leave his friends and winning baseball team behind, Moose finds little to be happy about on Alcatraz. He never sees his dad, who is always working; and Natalie's condition-- her tantrums and constant needs--demand all his mother's attention. Things look up for Moose when he befriends the irresistible Piper, the warden's daughter, who has a knack for getting Moose into embarrassing but harmless trouble. Helped by Piper, Moose eventually comes to terms with his new situation. With its unique setting and well-developed characters, this warm, engaging coming-of-age story has plenty of appeal, and Choldenko offers some fascinating historical background on Alcatraz Island in an afterword. --Ed Sullivan Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In our Best Books citation, PW said of this tale set in 1935, "Choldenko captures the tense, nuanced family dynamics touched off by the narrator's sister's disability as skillfully as she handles the mystique of Alcatraz." Ages 10-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-8-In this skillfully told novel by Gennifer Choldenko (Putnam, 2004), 12-year-old Moose Flanagan and his family move to Alcatraz Island in 1935, where his father gets a job in the prison which housed such noted criminals as Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly. Moose's older sister, Natalie, is severely autistic and his mother has been obsessed with getting her "cured." She has been sent to a variety of schools and bizarre hospitals, none of which have helped, and their last hope is getting her into a school in San Francisco. Moose is given almost complete responsibility for his sister. Meanwhile, Moose is coping with his new school, living in an isolated and strange place, and the warden's daughter, Piper, who always has a new money-making scheme. Juggling Natalie's daily moods, school work, yearning for Piper, and worry over his folks, Moose tries to please everyone. His greatest fear is that somehow he has caused Natalie's problem. Listeners learn a lot about Alcatraz and what it was like for children to grow up on the Island. There is a lengthy author's note with extensive information that adds to the fictional tale. Johnny Heller does a masterful job conveying both Moose's anger towards and concern for Natalie. His timing is perfect, he voices all the characters with great versatility, and he makes Moose come to life. This is a fascinating book superbly narrated.-B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Part 1
1. Devil's Islandp. 3
2. Errand Boyp. 7
3. Trick Monkeyp. 13
4. American Laugh-Nosed Beetp. 22
5. Murderers Darn My Socksp. 29
6. Suckerp. 35
7. Big for Seventh Gradep. 42
8. Prison Guy Plays Ballp. 48
9. Nice Little Church Boyp. 53
10. Not Readyp. 60
11. The Best in the Countryp. 64
12. What About the Electric Chair?p. 71
13. One-Woman Commando Unitp. 80
14. Al Capone's Baseballp. 87
15. Looking for Scarfacep. 90
16. Capone Washed Your Shirtsp. 98
17. Baseball on Tuesdayp. 103
18. Not on My Teamp. 106
19. Daddy's Little Missp. 109
20. Warningp. 117
Part 2
21. It Never Rains on Mondayp. 125
22. Al Capone's Mamap. 130
23. She's not Cutep. 135
24. Like a Regular Sisterp. 140
25. My Gapp. 143
26. Convict Baseballp. 147
27. Idiotp. 149
28. Tall for Her Agep. 154
29. Convict Choir Boyp. 159
30. Eyep. 165
31. My Dadp. 171
32. The Button Boxp. 174
Part 3
33. The Sun and the Moonp. 179
34. Happy Birthdayp. 186
35. The Truthp. 192
36. Waitingp. 195
37. Carrie Kellyp. 199
38. What happened?p. 205
39. The Wardenp. 212
40. Al Capone Does My Shirtsp. 215
Author's Notep. 217
Notesp. 227