Gennifer CholdenkoFrom a Newbery-honor winning author comes an action-packed and heartwarming series considered by Kirkus Reviews to be “a cornerstone series in contemporary children’s literature,” featuring Moose Flanagan who lives on Alcatraz in the 1930s when the guards lived there with their families.
Return to Al Capone’s Alcatraz with Newbery Honor-winning author Gennifer Choldenko in this charming addition to the beloved series about the son of a prison guard.
Moose Flanagan’s father is the assistant warden of Alcatraz–the roughest hard-time prison in America–so he and his family live on the island. It’s the summer before high school, and he is desperate to get on the baseball team. The problem? The captain will only let Moose and his best friend on if they get him something from Alcatraz–something impossible.
Meanwhile, Moose must keep an eye on his fragile older sister, Natalie, as well as the warden’s two-faced, danger-loving daughter, Piper, who has a crush on him. He must learn to stand up to people: His parents. The warden. Piper. Even the most dangerous criminal in the country–Al Capone. And then Moose gets the pitch of a lifetime and delivers a hit no one on Alcatraz will ever forget.
Don’t miss the rest of the Tales from Alcatraz series! Al Capone Does My Shirts Al Capone Shines My Shoes Al Capone Does My Homework
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)
What do you do when your neighbors are a bunch of hit men, con men, and mad dog murderers? Well, if you’re Moose Flanagan, you ask the most notorious convict of them all, Al Capone, for help. But when that convict comes through for youÑand then asks you for a favor in returnÑsuddenly it’s a whole different ball game. Picking up where the NewberyÐHonor winning Al Capone Does My Shirts left off, this lively second romp featuring Moose, his friends, and some of Alcatraz’s “finest” is just as satisfying as the first.
The Newbery Honor Book and New York Times Bestseller that is historical fiction with a hint of mystery about living at Alcatraz not as a prisoner, but as a kid meeting some of the most famous criminals in our history. Al Capone Does My Shirts has become an instant classic for all kids to read!
Today I moved to Alcatraz, a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water. I’m not the only kid who lives here. There are twenty-three other kids who live on the island because their dads work as guards or cooks or doctors or electricians for the prison, like my dad does. And then there are a ton of murderers, rapists, hit men, con men, stickup men, embezzlers, connivers, burglars, kidnappers and maybe even an innocent man or two, though I doubt it. The convicts we have are the kind other prisons don’t want. I never knew prisons could be picky, but I guess they can. You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless you’re me. I came here because my mother said I had to.
A Newbery Honor Book A New York Times Bestseller A People magazine “Best kid’s Book” An ALA Book for Young Adults An ALA Notable Book A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year A Krikus Reviews Editor’s Choice A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year A Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Book A New York Public Library “100 Titles for Reading and Sharing” Selection A New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age
*”Choldenko’s pacing is exquisite. . . . [A] great read.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review *”Exceptionally atmospheric, fast-paced and memorable!”—Publishers Weekly, starred review *”The story, told with humor and skill, will fascinate readers.”—School Library Journal, starred review
“Al is the perfect novel for a young guy or moll who digs books by Gordon Korman, or Louis Sachar.”—Time Out New York for Kids
“Funny situations and plot twists abound!”—People magazine
“Heartstopping in some places, heartrending in others, and most of all, it is heartwarming.”—San Francisco Chronicle