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Al Capone Does My Shirts (2004) [Novel]
by Gennifer Choldenko Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

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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 I'm Moose Flanagan, Alcatraz Island Boy -- all so my sister can go to the Esther P. Marinoff School, where kids have macaroni salad in their hair and wear their clothes inside out and there isn't a chalkboard or a book in site.

Good Moose. Obedient Moose. I always do what I'm supposed to do.

When Moose's 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 and his winning baseball team behind. But it's 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, he's never around. His mom's preoccupation with Natalie's condition (today, it would be called autism) is even worse now that there's no extended family to help with her tantrums and constant needs. And of course, there's never enough money.

When Moose meets, Piper, the cute daughter of the warden, he knows right off she's trouble. But she's 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.

Original title: Al Capone Does My Shirts
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionChildren & Young AdultFamily & Relationships
FictionChildren & Young AdultHumorous Fiction

Edition #1: Al Capone Does My Shirts

Al Capone Does My Shirts (2004)
Awards: Newbery Honor Book (2005)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Choldenko's novel is dazzling. It's a marvel. Writing with great tenderness and freshness and style, Choldenko unfolds a taut drama of two kids struggling to come of age against an extraordinary background--Alcatraz Island. A major achievement. Applause!" Sid Fleischman, author of The Whipping Boy
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Al Capone Does My Shirts (March 2004)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Putnam Adult
ISBN: 0399238611
Dimensions: 8.58 x 5.76 x .91
Pages: 228

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