Twelve-year-old Moose Flanagan, his sister, Natalie, and his parents have just moved into their new home and their new lives on Alcatraz Island. Dad has a new job working for the prison, and Moose has a new job trying to make a place for himself and coping with Natalie who is autistic. The family is trying to find a school for Natalie and trying to make the struggles with Natalie seem as normal as possible, so Dad doesn't lose his position. A lot of responsibility falls on the shoulders of Moose, and he slowly comes to the realization that he needs the help of the most famous inmate, Al Capone. Heartfelt.
288 pages 978-0142403709 Ages 9-13
Keywords: criminals, prison, family, responsibility, autism, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, Middle School Book Club 6, wired differently, part of a series
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.--from the publisher