Al Capone Does My Shirts (Al Capone at Alcatraz #1)

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Al Capone Does My Shirts (Al Capone at Alcatraz #1)
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Release Date
March 30, 2004
ISBN
0399238611
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Moose Flannagan moves with his family to Alcatraz so his dad can work as a prison guard and his sister, Natalie, can attend a special school. But Natalie has autism, and when she's denied admittance to the school, the stark setting of Alcatraz begins to unravel the tenuous coping mechanisms Moose's family has used for dealing with her disorder.

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.

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 a kid trying to free himself from the "good boy" stance he's taken his whole life.

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Have you ever read a book that is about Alcatraz? Well, now I’m going to tell you a little bit about a great book and its Al Capone Does My Shirts. The main character moose Flanagan and his family are moving to Alcatraz because Moose’s father got a job as a prison guard there. His family is moving from San Francisco to that spooky island Alcatraz. I think that Moose’s family shouldn’t of have moved to Alcatraz because they are a lot of prisoners there like kidnappers, robbers and other convicts there. If I moved to Alcatraz then I would have been scared because there are prisoners everywhere and they could escape from jail and they could grab a lot of weapons and start murdering people that live on the mysterious island of Alcatraz. I also forgot to mention that Al Capone Does My Shirts is a Newberry honor book. Also, Moose’s family is in a huge family crisis his mom wants his whole family to change because of Moose’s sister Natalie and they have to show her how human beings act in life and how to be with friends, other people like family. Al Capone Does my Shirts is a really good book and if you like comedy then you will love this amazing book. I strongly recommend this book to everyone.
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This book was really good and the part i like in the book is when Moose's sister Natalie gets sent to Ethsher P. midoff School. Another good point is that this author wrote a really good book.
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Do you need a great book to read? I have got it. Al Capone Does My Shirts is a great book for you to read. First, the book Al Capone Does My Shirts is really good because it has mystery and hilarious humor in it. The funny part is when he describes his apartment building as sitting on a big rock covered in bird turd. The book is a mystery because they are tying to figure out who is prisoner “105”. Last, Al Capone Does My Shirts is a great Newberry honor book. Also, it was on the 2005 to 2006 Caudill book list. Doesn’t Al Capone Does My Shirts sound like a great book?
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When the characters describe thier building

The characters helped Natalie out, because she has autism

I like the setting, it was on Alcatraz
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TERRIBLE
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Reader reviewed by Bob

This book was  the worst. My daughter had to read it for Summer Reading and she liked it but the print is so small it took her over 6 months to read it, and she is a really fast reader. I dont get why it won awards it had NO POINT AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!

I RECCOMEND NOT TO WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS UNLESS YOU HAVE A REALLY GOOD AMOUNT OF TIME ON YOUR HANDS!!!!!!

~Bob Fischer~
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An awesome read!
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Reader reviewed by mike

I just finished reading Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. The book is about Moose Flanigan, his family and their life on the island of Alcatraz in 1935. Moose has a disabled sister and he doesnt have a chance to be a normal kid because his parents are always working and he has to watch his sister. When Moose teams up with the other kids on Alcatraz, they tend to get into a lot of trouble! Want to know more? Then read this book!


I rated this book a big fat 3.5 out of 5 because I thought it was really interesting to learn about life on Alcatraz. I also liked learning about problems that the characters faced. I think anyone in middle school would enjoy this book. If you like to read, you will enjoy this book too.
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Adventures on Alcatraz
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Reader reviewed by Kyle J

I just finished Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. It was an interesting book based on what life was like for the children that lived on the Island of Alcatraz. Moose Flanagan, the main character, makes many choices, most of them to help his sister Natalie. Natalie has autism and no one knows how to help her, because in the 1930s (when the book takes place) people did not know a lot about autism. One of the themes of the story is sometimes you have to go out of your way for people you care about.

I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5. What I liked about this book is that Moose is always with Natalie. He is responsible for her and he cares about what happens to her so much that he is willing to risk his chances on Alcatraz and risk getting in the worst trouble of his life. If you want to know more about this book, check it out of your local library today!
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My Awesome Review of Al Capone Does My Shirts!
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Reader reviewed by Anthony R

Hi! I just read Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Cholendenko. The story is about Moose and Natalie Flanagan and their life on the island of Alcatraz. In the story, Moose meets a girl named Piper who is the wardens daughter. Her plans are always getting Moose (and almost his family) into trouble while she tries to make money. Moose and his family try to help Natalie (who might have Autism) get into the Esther P. Marinoff School so that she has a chance at having a better life. When the school denies Natalie for the second time, Moose comes up with a plan to get Natalie into Ether P Marinoff School. If you want to know more about the story, youll have to read the book.


I liked the story because it takes place on the island of Alcatraz in 1935 and it helps the reader understand what life was like living on the island with criminals. I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5.
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i'm a lover not a fighter but i'll fight for what i love...
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Reader reviewed by kori .L

I just finished reading a book called Al Capone Dose My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. It is about a boy named Moose and his family and how they move to Alcatraz. Alcatraz is a dark, scary island surrounded by deep, icy waters and it also has a prison with criminals. Moose has a disabled sister and he doesnt think its the best place for her.


Moose gets in lots of trouble with his new friends and almost gets kicked off the island, which would cause his father to lose his job. I dont want to ruin the book for you, so I cant tell you anymore-I guess youll have to read this book and see for yourself how it all ends up. I rated this book a 4.2 out of 5 because its very interesting, the description is great through out the whole book. Choldenko taught me a lot that I didnt know through her book Al Capone Does My Shirts.
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A heartwarming, funny story
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Reader reviewed by Meg

This book was really sweet and funny. It's about a boy who goes to live on Alcatraz after his father gets a job there. The best part of the book, for me, was the main character's relationship with his sister, who has autism. The relationship he has with his sister is very complex, and it was obvious that the author must have had some personal experience on that front (it says at the very end that her sister is autistic). This book is commendable because of the sensitive way that it deals with these issues, but also because it's just a great, funny story.
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A Touching, yet Thrilling Read
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Reader reviewed by Amanda

"Al Capone Does My Shirts," by Gennifer Choldenko, was a book that I have passed by for the past year or so, never before being interested. I finally picked it up and am SO glad that I did!


The story begins when Moose's family moves from San Francisco to Alcatraz Island in order for his father to begin a job at the prison. Moose hated leaving his friends behind, but soon begins making acquaintances with the other children living on the island. The only issue standing in his way to becoming a normal kid that fits in with the other kids is his very "abnormal" sister Natalie. In today's terms it would be said that Natalie had autism, but in the 1930's she is simply deemed as being odd and Moose is in charge of her well-being while his parents work. With Natalie constantly following him, Moose and his new friends make the attempt to make contact with some of the famous inmates of Alcatraz prison, including the infamous Al Capone.


Choldenko created a story that is very much a reality in a lot of kids lives, even in today's terms. The characters are real, as are their situations. Moose is a kid that really wants to fit in, meaning he will get himself into many mishaps, but always trying to do what is morally right. He loves his sister and only wants the best for her, vowing to do anything to try and get her a normal life. I really loved the characterization of this story, not to mention the unique plot line. I would definitely read other books by this author and hope she has something new out soon!
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Interesting look into autism
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Reader reviewed by LaLa

This book is based around the premise that a regular boy and his autistic sister are moving to Alcatraz (their dad is a guard). Not only does the main character have to deal with the move and making new friends, but also with the protection of a sister he sometimes wishes he didn't have.

What I liked best about this book was it's glimse into history. Not only does it tell about the prisoners that were sent to Alcatraz, but also the sad history of how people with disabilites were treated in the past.
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