Al Capone Does My Shirts (Al Capone at Alcatraz #1)
Moose Flannagan moves with his family to Alcatraz so his dad can work as a prison guard and his sister, Natalie, can attend a special school. But Natalie has autism, and when she's denied admittance to the school, the stark setting of Alcatraz begins to unravel the tenuous coping mechanisms Moose's family has used for dealing with her disorder.
When Moose meets Piper, th
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The book centers around a family: a mother, a father, a "ten" year old sister, and a twelve year old brother, our protagonist, Moose. The family has just moved to Alcatraz Island where the father works around the clock at two jobs so th ...more
Moose's father is a prison guard/electrician on the island of Alcatraz. His mother takes a boat to San Francisco most days to teach piano and ...more
Moose's family moves to Alcatraz where his dad has taken a job as an electrician. He has a "younger" sister who has autism and the family is trying to get her into a special school.
If you think about it there are so many parts of the story that are heart-wrenching . . . the author does an amazing job of making emotional connections with each character. You can see the grief cycle in each member: anger, denial, bar ...more
Told from a young man's perspec ...more
I wanted to like this book. A story about families living on Alcatraz where the worst of the worst convicts reside was alluring. But this book just didn't cut it. The characters developments were horrid. Moose was wishy-washy, Piper incredibly reckless, and the adults were idiots. The only character that the author got right was Natalie. Plus, the whole 'let's see how close we can monopolize Al Capo ...more
Oh don't get me wrong, this isn't a book for little kids, it's actually aimed at middle readers though older readers can get a lot out of it too.
Now we add in the depression, one of the world's most famous criminals, and autism and you've got something interesting.
Yep, I said autism.
This isn't so ...more
(boy with autistic sister), but I wouldn't have given this the Newbery honor book award.
The setting is original. Imagine moving to and growing up on Alcatraz. The book is centered on Moose, whose father works as an electrician and guard. He has an autistic older sister named Natalie and his nemesis on the island is Piper who just happens to be the warden’s daughter.
You can’t help but feel sorry for Moose and Na ...more
The book's characters are fascinating as well. I loved the interaction between the protagonist, Mathew (a.k.a. Moose) and his sister, Natalie. Natalie is autistic so it wa ...more
this book totally earned its place as a Newbery honor, but readers who find the title appealing are not going to find this book anywhere near what they expect it to be
Fiction, set in about 1932, based on the gangster's incarceration at "The Rock" in San Francisco Bay. The prison-keepers' ...more
Here are the facts as I know them . . .
I am the youngest of four kids, all of whom have big mouths. We were so loud, that once a lady asked my brother if our mother was deaf.
She was not.
The only sibling who did not have the trademark Johnson big mouth was my sister, Gina, who had Autism. My parents worked very hard to try to fig ...more