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Al Capone does my shirts / Gennifer Choldenko.

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General Note: Sequel: Al Capone shines my shoes.
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2005.
Nutmeg Award Nominee, Teen, 2009.
Newbery Honor Book, 2005.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-228).
Formatted Contents Note: Devil's Island -- Errand boy -- Trick monkey -- American laugh-nosed beet -- Murderers darn my socks -- Sucker -- Big for seventh grade -- Prison guy plays ball -- Nice little church boy -- Not ready -- The best in the country -- What about the electric chair? -- One-woman commando unit -- Al Capone's baseball -- Looking for Scarface -- Capone washed your shirts -- Baseball on Tuesday -- Not on my team -- Daddy's little Miss -- Warning -- It never rains on Monday -- Al Capone's Mama -- She's not cute -- Like a regular sister -- My gap -- Convict baseball -- Idiot -- Tall for her age -- Convict choir boy -- Eye -- My dad -- The button box -- The sun and the moon -- Happy birthday -- The truth -- Waiting -- Carrie Kelly -- What happened? -- The warden -- Al Capone does my shirts.
Summary, etc.: 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.
Awards Note:
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2005.
Nutmeg Award Nominee, Teen, 2009.
Newbery Honor Book, 2005.
Subject: United States Penitentiary, Alcatraz Island, California Juvenile fiction
United States Penitentiary, Alcatraz Island, California Fiction
Alcatraz Island (Calif.) History Fiction
Autism Fiction
Family problems Fiction
Brothers and sisters Fiction
Genre: Juvenile materials.

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by Choldenko, Gennifer
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Gr 6-8-In this appealing novel set in 1935, 12-year-old Moose Flanagan and his family move from Santa Monica to Alcatraz Island where his father gets a job as an electrician at the prison and his mother hopes to send his autistic older sister to a special school in San Francisco. When Natalie is rejected by the school, Moose is unable to play baseball because he must take care of her, and her unorthodox behavior sometimes lands him in hot water. He also comes to grief when he reluctantly goes along with a moneymaking scheme dreamed up by the warden's pretty but troublesome daughter. Family dilemmas are at the center of the story, but history and setting-including plenty of references to the prison's most infamous inmate, mob boss Al Capone-play an important part, too. The Flanagan family is believable in the way each member deals with Natalie and her difficulties, and Moose makes a sympathetic main character. The story, told with humor and skill, will fascinate readers with an interest in what it was like for the children of prison guards and other workers to actually grow up on Alcatraz Island.-Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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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

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Set on Alcatraz Island in 1935, Choldenko's (Notes from a Liar and Her Dog) exceptionally atmospheric novel has equally unusual characters and plot lines. Twelve-year-old narrator Moose Flanagan has just moved to the island, where his father has been hired as an electrician and guard. At first Moose is spooked at being in such close proximity to the nation's most notorious criminals, and he doesn't know what to make of the all-powerful warden's bossy daughter, Piper, who flouts her father's rule about talking about the convicts ("You say [Al Capone's] name and hordes of reporters come crawling out of the woodwork ready to write stories full of foolish lies," the warden explains). At school, on the mainland, Piper hatches a scheme to make money from classmates ("Once in a lifetime opportunity! Get your clothes laundered by Al Capone and other world-famous public enemies!... Only costs 5 cents") and forces Moose to help her. Moose has reasons for staying on Piper's good side: his older sister, Natalie, has what would now be called autism, and Moose worries that her behavior will land the family in trouble with the warden. (Natalie's condition is so poorly understood that an expert tells her desperate mother, "An interesting case... you should consider donating her brain to science when she dies.") Choldenko captures the tense, nuanced family dynamics touched off by Natalie's disability as skillfully as she handles the mystique of Alcatraz and the exchanges between Moose and his friends. Fast-paced and memorable. Ages 10-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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