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Al Capone Shines My Shoes

(Al Capone at Alcatraz #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  7,286 ratings  ·  823 reviews
Moose and the cons are about to get a lot closer in this much-anticipated sequel. It's 1935. Moose Flanagan lives on Alcatraz with his family, the other families of the guards, and a few hundred no-name hit men, con men, mad dog murderers and a handful of bank robbers too. And one of those cons has just done him a big favor.

You see, Moose has never met Al Capon
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Dial Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jenn Ginder
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
There were a lot of things about this sequel that worked better, but I felt like I wanted there to be more to Moose. The author states that Moose is a pleaser, but I felt like I didn't get a good enough window into Moose's internal conflict about this - or as much as I would have liked.
I liked what the author did with Natalie in this book. It was interesting to see how she progressed as she settled into her visit from Ester P. Marinoff and see her become more than a helpless character. ...more
Soul Survivor
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
A juvenile book , but one that would be excellent for a middle school student questioning autism .
The story is simple but will hold the interest of a 12-15 year old , and teaches patience and tolerance
Renee Wallace
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It is so rare to find a sequel to a winner that is, itself, another winner, but here it is.

Frankly, I expected to be disappointed, as sequels seem to be... well, blech. Not this one!

I am not sure how the author manages so well to make a protagonist of the gender opposite hers, sound so real, so believable; but she does. (I wonder if she has taught middle school, or been a den mother, or something like that.)

The setting of Alcatraz in the thirties is just as fascinating as it was on her first
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is such a wonderful Middle-grade series. This book was not as sentimental as the first but an original storyline. Not a recap of the first book. Love these kids!
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-fiction, ya, mg
In the second book, it was fun times returning to an adventure on Alcatraz with Moose and the other kids. I've enjoyed these young teen adventures from back in the 1930's set on Alcatraz where the families of the guards and Warden live.

Al Capone Shines My Shoes picks up right after the events of the previous book. Moose is happy his sister is able to attend her special school, but he knows its never a good idea to owe Al Capone a favor. It isn't long before Moose gets word from the m
Crystal Navarro
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just the read I needed to get over the last nerve wrecking one I had.

I read the first book in this series when I was in college as part of a group assignment to teach us about grouping for literary groups based on interest and the use of visual representation as a tool to help students express what they pulled from the story. Al Capone Does My Shirts was a lot more interesting than I had expected-- it had been so long since I had read children's or teens literature-- and my group went all
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First sentence: Nothing is the way it's supposed to be when you live on an island with a billion birds, a ton of bird crap, a few dozen rifles, machine guns, and automatics, and 278 of America's worst criminals--"the cream of the criminal crop" as one of our felons likes to say. The convicts on Alcatraz are rotten to the core, crazy in the head, and as slippery as eels in axle grease.

Premise/plot: Al Capone Shines My Shoes is the sequel to Al Capone Does My Shirts. Both books are set
Suzanne Moore
This book is a sequel to Al Capone Does My Shirts. The main character, Moose, is a boy at the age where he begins to recognize girls. What makes his situation unique is that he lives on Alcatraz Island. The year is 1935 and Moose's father is a guard at the notorious prison. I learned that the island was home not only to the prisoners in lock-up, but also to civilians who lived in compounds and ran the prison facilities. The children of the prison warden and the guards are close friends and always have ...more
Andrea Mullarkey
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
What’s not to like about easy, breezy historical fiction for young teens? Moose Flanagan is the son of a guard on Alcatraz and lives on the island with his family and the families of the other guards. The kids of these guards form a small group of friends like the little groups that form in school classrooms with favorites and least favorites, dramas and intrigues. The only difference is they do all of it within view of some of the roughest prisoners in the United States. When Moose asks the mos ...more
Feb 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I was a big fan of the first book so approached this "sequel" a bit hesitantly, but I found myself completely pulled in and enjoying it as much as the first. Budding romance figures in this a bit, and jealousy and Moose, our hero, finds out that it's hard being all things to all people, some people dislike him for trying too hard to be nice. His sister is doing better at her special school but the issue of her illness spawns some clear prejudice which is handled very honestly and adds to the str ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
My Gradev= 75% - C

Published 2002. 270 pages.

Earlier this month, August 2019, one of my regular thrift shops had a free book day, and Al Capone Does My Shirts and this book were among the ones I took.

The first one was "ok," and the only view of any convict was a small square of paper with the word "done" written in pencil in the pocket of a shirt supposedly laundered by Al Capone.

It almost seems to me that the author had such a success with her 2004
What a great sequel. I enjoyed going back to the island and engaging with these characters again. I thought the advancement of the plot was great and it was so cool when we actually got to meet Al Capone. For a middle grade book, this has some hard topics such as forgiveness, death of parents, Autism and friendships. I thought it handled those topics appropriately and well, especially within the context of the story. I'm also a fan of these characters and how they interact with one another. They ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction/semi-thriller/mystery set in 1935 on Alcatraz. Initially as I was reading this, I was thinking "oh sure! They had inmates doing plumbing and other odd jobs in the guards' houses. Right." Turns out, according to the author's notes at the end, that this was a well researched book, and yes, the inmates did indeed do plumbing and other maintenance jobs on the island. Kids who grew up on Alcatraz remember that they weren't allowed to throw anything sharp in the garbage, as it was h ...more
C.J. Milbrandt
In this second book set among the families of the guards who live and work on Alcatraz, Moose needs to "get square" with Al Capone. Flies and hives. Mice and mashed potatoes. Buttons and baseball. Escape artists and confidence men. A slice-of-life, small-town kind of story about a tight-knit community where everyone knows everyone else's business.

Historical, set in the 1930s. Loved seeing Natalie again (Moose's sister, who would have been properly diagnosed if autism had been understood back th
Clara Biesel
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Again, these books tell really fun story while taking on big questions about prison and children with special needs set in 1930s America. I especially liked the ramifications from the first story in this one.
Nancy Kotkin
The sequel to Al Capone Does My Shirts, and just as wonderful. I really enjoyed spending more time with Moose, Natalie, and the kids on Alcatraz Island. Tightly plotted but with exemplary characterization as well.
Nolan Young
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first book of the series, I couldn’t wait to read the second. And I was not disappointed. This book was a top 10 book I’ve ever read
Noah Mizrahi
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was good. I could really connect with his love for baseball and the writing was perfect for teens.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very funny and exciting, I recommend it to all.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I didn't love this one nearly as much as the first in the series. It's quirky and cute in many places but overall stretches credulity in a few too many far-reaching ways. Still fun and enjoyable but not a 5-star favorite.
Chris Sawdey
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Was originally dismayed to find this was the second book of a series but it turns out that it can be read as a stand alone anyway.

So this book is about a boy growing up in the infamous island prison of Alcatraz and how his proximity to the gangster Al Capone shapes his interactions with his family and friends. Despite the prominence of Capone's name in the title, he remains a rather shadowy, nebulous presence. . . a sorta boogieman that gives a unique flavor to a story that is basica
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
I like the remark that Gennifer Choldenko makes in the Acknowledgements at the end of this book, when thanking her editor: "Editing me is sort of like trying to put a seat belt on the Energizer Bunny and Kathy always manages to make it look effortless." That line embodies well the smart humor found often in Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and I can see how a writer with such a sharp mind might be a handful for an editor.

As with its predecessor, this book is one of the most unique volumes that
Eva Mitnick
Sep 21, 2009 rated it really liked it

12-year-old Moose Flanagan lives, as those who have read Al Capone Does My Shirts will know, on Alcatraz Island, where his dad works. Al Capone seems to have done him a huge favor by somehow getting his autistic big sister Natalie into a special school, and now it’s payback time – Moose finds a note in his freshly laundered shirt that says “Your turn.”

After agonizing about what kind of favor Capone might be expecting from Moose and how it would mean certain dismissal from his Alcatraz job for M
Clement Leveau
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Clement Leveau

Al Capone shines my shoes

This book is more sitirical Then it is Interesting. The concept of finding a note to Al Capone can be considered interesting that was only a small part of it. However it some of the scenes in the book will cut funny he only problem was that it took itself to seriously. The book should of had a little bit more comedy. The book is about aboy named Moose. Moose has an autistic sister who the last book got into a special school. Mosse th
Why I picked it up: I recently re-read Al Capone Does My Shirts, and this sequel was not out at the time I had originally read it.

This books picks up about 2 months after Al Capone Does My Shirts ends. Natalie is about to start at The Esther P. Marinoff School. Moose’s school is out for the summer. Moose gets a slip of paper in his shirt pocket—it’s from Al Capone, and he wants a favor in exchange for helping Moose at the end of the first book.

I enjoyed it. I really like Moose and I
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Moose Flanagan, age 12, lives on Alcatraz with his parents and sister. It’s 1935 and his father is a guard at the island’s prison, which houses Capone and other notorious bad guys. Moose’s sister, Natalie, is autistic, but that diagnosis was not yet created. With Nat’s urgent need for special schooling, Moose seeks a favor from a supremely dangerous man. The story here transpires in the aftermath of that request’s success. The characters are very predominantly those civilians who live on the isl ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
I am completely delighted by this book. I really enjoyed the first one and this one holds up, well and strong, and I think it works even better. Maybe because I thought, "What can she come up with that can top the first book?" before starting to read this one.. and Choldenko absolutely pulled it off. There is humor and tension all throughout the book, not to mention some hard-to-sort-out moral dilemmas. Over the years, my students have loved the first book -- from really strong readers to really ...more
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was worried that this sequel wouldn't live up to the wonderful "Al Capone Does My Shirts" because the premise sounded contrived. And with Natalie gone to the Esther P. Marinoff School, one of the main tensions would be gone. I was glad to be proven wrong! Choldenko again is pitch-perfect in her portrayal of family relationships-- the traditional kind as well as the family that is built from a community as tightly knit as the one on Alcatraz. She gives each one of the kids a distinct voice, wit ...more
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Al Capone at Alcatraz (4 books)
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