Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer CholdenkoAl Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Al Capone Does My Shirts

byGennifer Choldenko

Paperback | April 20, 2006

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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
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 Francis...
Title:Al Capone Does My ShirtsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.75 × 5.13 × 0.71 inPublished:April 20, 2006Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142403709

ISBN - 13:9780142403709

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Masterful Writing, Great Characters and Relationships, and a few reservations. A masterfully written, Newbery Honor winning story of 12 year old Moose Flanagan and his autistic 15 year old sister Natalie. The family moves to Alcatraz during the Great Depression leading up to a favor from Al Capone himself. I felt some of the language choices and some of the allusions to more adult themes were slightly inappropriate for this age range, but I loved the relationship between Moose and Natalie.
Date published: 2011-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Al Capone does my Shirts This is an okay book. At some parts i didnt like the journal/diary format as much as a chaptered novel. I found it captivating after you found out and understood the characters. After that I found it funny all the attemps by the children to keep a normal life living on alcatraz and the 'get rich quick' schemes they came up with.
Date published: 2006-02-07

Editorial Reviews

"Choldenko's pacing is exquisite. . . . [A] great read."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review