Al Capone Does My Shirts

· Tales from Alcatraz Book 1 · Sold by Penguin
142 reviews

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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

Ratings and reviews

142 reviews
A Google user
When I started to read this book, I didn't feel like stopping. The plot, the characters and everything is so carefully detailed that it feels like you are literally moose flanagan. With these details, I could sincerely feel Moose's feelings toward Natalie, her autism, moving to Alcatraz, and how his mom in the beginning didn't treat him as nicely as Natalie. I should think that the author of this book put her feet in Moose's shoes and succesfully wrote a wonderful story of a loving brother of an autistic sister.
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A Google user
February 23, 2012
mooses sister , natalie is a teenage girl that has probloms with her brain she is a childress girl as if she was three or five when it was natalies birthday she was turning 16 in real life of her realistic age but her mom wanted to keep her as a little girl that by the end of the story she finally made it to the esther p marinof school for her education so that is my words
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A Google user
July 21, 2012
I purchased this one for $6.99 .... when I get to the first page of part one, it have reached the end of your sample.... my account has already been charged!!! now what!!! My child has to read this before school starts and the library didn't have a copy. Has anyone else had this problem????
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About the author

Gennifer Choldenko is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor Award-winning author of ten children's books, including Notes From a Liar and Her Dog, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period, No Passengers Beyond this Point, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone Does My Homework. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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