Brand: Puffin Books

Product Code: 9780142403709

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Brief Description:
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.


Marc Notes:
Copyright date: 2004.;Includes author's note, interviews and excerpts from Al Capone shines my shoes and Al Capone does my homework.;Includes bibliographical references.;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.;010-up.;Newberry Honor Book.


Review Quotes:
"Choldenko's pacing is exquisite. . . . [A] great read." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Biographical Note:
Gennifer Choldenko is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor Award-winning author of ten children's books, including Notes From a Liar and Her Dog, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period, No Passengers Beyond this Point, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone Does My Homework. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.


Publisher Marketing:
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.

A Newbery Honor Book
A New York Times Bestseller
A People magazine "Best kid's Book"
An ALA Book for Young Adults
An ALA Notable Book
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Krikus Reviews Editor's Choice
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Parents' Choice Silver Honor Book
A New York Public Library "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing" Selection
A New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age

*"Choldenko's pacing is exquisite. . . . [A] great read."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*"Exceptionally atmospheric, fast-paced and memorable!"--Publishers Weekly, starred review
*"The story, told with humor and skill, will fascinate readers."--School Library Journal, starred review

"Al is the perfect novel for a young guy or moll who digs books by Gordon Korman, or Louis Sachar."--Time Out New York for Kids

"Funny situations and plot twists abound!"--People magazine

"Heartstopping in some places, heartrending in others, and most of all, it is heartwarming."--San Francisco Chronicle




Review Citations:
  • Publishers Weekly 04/17/2006 pg. 192 (EAN 9780142403709, Paperback)
  • School Library Journal 09/01/2007 pg. 57 (EAN 9780142403709, Paperback)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9780142403709, Paperback)
  • Wilson Middle/Jr. High Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9780142403709, Paperback)
  • Criticas 09/01/2008 pg. 1 (EAN 9781603961783, Paperback)
  • School Library Journal 04/01/2005 pg. 58 (EAN 9781402564093, Analog Audio Cassette)
  • ALA Notable Children's Media 04/01/2005 pg. 49 (EAN 9781402564093, Analog Audio Cassette)
  • ALA Audiobooks for YA 04/01/2005 pg. 53 (EAN 9781402564093, Analog Audio Cassette)
  • School Library Journal 09/01/2004 pg. 76 (EAN 9781402564093, Analog Audio Cassette)
  • Kliatt 11/01/2004 pg. 41 (EAN 9781402564093, Analog Audio Cassette)
  • Booklist 02/01/2004 pg. 976 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly 02/02/2004 pg. 78 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Kirkus Review - Children 03/01/2004 pg. 220 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 03/01/2004 pg. 265 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 03/01/2004 pg. 203 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Kliatt 03/01/2004 pg. 8 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover)
  • Voice of Youth Advocates 04/01/2004 pg. 42 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover)
  • People Weekly 05/03/2004 pg. 46 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover)
  • Booksense '76 Childrens Sum 04 06/01/2004 pg. 1 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2004 pg. 376 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Review - Children 12/01/2004 pg. 1143 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover)
  • SLJ's Best Books 12/01/2004 pg. 43 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2004 pg. 376 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover)
  • ALA Best Books Young Adults 02/15/2005 pg. 1007 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover)
  • ALA Notable Children's Books 02/15/2005 pg. 1020 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 09/01/2007 pg. 57 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Middle/Jr. High Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9780399238611, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Reviews 01/01/0001 (EAN 9780803734722, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly 05/20/2013 (EAN 9780803734722, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Kirkus Bea Big Book Guide 05/15/2013 pg. 41 (EAN 9780803734722, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 06/01/2013 pg. 116 (EAN 9780803734722, Hardcover)
  • Booklist 06/01/2013 pg. 74 (EAN 9780803734722, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Horn Book Magazine 07/01/2013 pg. 125 (EAN 9780803734722, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2013 (EAN 9780803734722, Hardcover)
  • Shelf Awareness 08/30/2013 (EAN 9780803734722, Hardcover)
  • Voice of Youth Advocates 10/01/2013 (EAN 9780803734722, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2014 (EAN 9780803734722, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9780803734722, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Middle/Jr. High Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9780803734722, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 11/01/2013 pg. 60 (EAN 9780385361620, Compact Disc)
  • Publishers Weekly 11/25/2013 (EAN 9780385361606, Compact Disc)