September 16, 2009

Al Capone Does My Shirts - by Gennifer Choldenko

What would it be like to live on the famous Alcatraz Island when it was still a prison full of dangerous criminals?  That's what Moose was wondering, until he and his parents moved there one day in 1935, and he found out. 

This is an interesting story about a boy who is trying his hardest to stay out of trouble, his family, and the oddball mix of friends he makes on the island.  Moose's sister, Natalie, could really use a special school, but his family will never be able to afford it if the Warden finds out what schemes Moose and his daughter have been cooking up at their school, and fires Moose's dad!  

The story includes some good baseball writing, emotional family drama, true historical facts about the island, and a bunch of interesting characters. 

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