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Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
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Oct 02, 09

bookshelves: middle-grade-j, audio, boys-i-like, favorites-2009
Read in October, 2009

Pure excellence in this children's novel, a sequel to one of my all-time favorite books (Al Capone Does My Shirts). Convict 85 (Al Capone) makes contact with 12-year-old Moose Flannagan again, setting off a chain of events that test Moose's allegiance to his family. It's quite possible that Capone helped Moose's autistic sister, Natalie, get into the Esther P. Marinoff School. But just how much does Moose owe Scarface for the favor? With cons like Willie One Arm and Seven Fingers in the picture, as well as a glimpse into life on Alcatraz for the civilians, this is a historical novel to be savored. Suspense, action, humor, friendship and a touch of sweetness. Gennifer Choldenko gets six stars from me …
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