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Al Capone Does My Shirtsby Gennifer Choldenko
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I want to be on Alcatraz like I want poison oak on my private parts. But apparently nobody cares, because now Im Moose Flanagan, Alcatraz Island Boy-all so my sister can go to the Esther P. Marinoff School, where kids wear their clothes inside out and there isnt a book in sight. Obedient Moose. I always do what Im supposed to do.
When Mooses family moves to Alcatraz Island so his father can work as a guard and his sister can attend a special school in San Francisco, he has to leave his friends behind. But its worth it, right? If his sister, Natalie, can get help, maybe his family will finally be normal.
But on Alcatraz his dad is so busy, hes never around. His moms preoccupation with Natalies condition (today, it would be called autism) is even worse now that theres no extended family to help. And of course, theres never enough money.
When Moose meets Piper, the cute daughter of the warden, he knows right off shes trouble. But shes 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 12-year-old Moose Flanagan, a kid trying to free himself from the "good boy" stance he's taken his whole life.
About the Author
Gennifer Choldenko was the youngest in a family of four kids, where her nickname was “Snot-Nose.” Her quirky sense of humor made its debut at the dinner table when Gennifer was a very little kid. She is the author of seven childrens books, including Notes from a Liar and Her Dog, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period; and Al Capone Shines My Shoes.
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