Thursday, September 22, 2011
Al Capone Does My Shirts
by Gennifer Choldenko
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
If you go into reading this book with the understanding that Al Capone is NOT a major character, even though he is mentioned, you will probably enjoy it. I like Moose-he is funny and caring. He truly wants to do what is best for his sister and has a fierce loyalty to his family. The setting of Alcatraz is definitely a plus for this book, mainly because there are so many things that could happen in the story! With prisoners wandering everywhere- working in the gardens and houses of the people on the island, there is a tension created that few other places could replicate.
As much as I liked this book, I really would recommend reading it to get to the second book, which I thought was even better.