Synopses & Reviews
Alcatraz Island in the 1930s isn't the most normal place to grow up, but it's home for Moose Flanagan, his autistic sister, Natalie, and all the families of the guards. When Moose's dad gets promoted to Associate Warden, despite being an unlikely candidate, it's a big deal. But the cons have a point system for targeting prison employees, and his dad is now in serious danger. After a fire starts in the Flanagan's apartment, Natalie is blamed, and Moose bands with the other kids to track down the possible arsonist. Then Moose gets a cryptic note from the notorious Al Capone himself. Is Capone trying to protect Moose's dad too? If Moose can't figure out what Capone's note means, it may be too late.
The last heart-pounding installment in the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning Alcatraz trilogy is not to be missed!
"Superlative historical fiction." --School Library Journal (starred review for Al Capone Shines My Shoes)
"In the 1930s, Moose Flanagan and his autistic sister, Natalie, live on Alcatraz Island, in the San Francisco Bay; their father works at the island's infamous prison. But after his dad is promoted to associate warden and a mysterious fire strikes the Flanagan home, Moose receives a mysterious note concerning his father's well-being from infamous gangster Al Capone. This fun novel set in the 1930s from Choldenko is brought to life via an inspired reading from narrator Kirby Heyborne, who's youthful tone is a perfect match for Moose. Heyborne's reading is flawless from start to finish; his delivery is well paced, and his pronunciation perfect. Heyborne's character voices don't differ greatly, but they're all believable and immediate. Ages 10 up. A Dial hardcover. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Gennifer Choldenko is a full-time writer and the author of many picture books and middle grade novels, including the Newbery Honor winning Al Capone Does My Shirts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and two children.